Family challenges 101 year-old father’s marriage

May 25, 2017 1 comment

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Three Portuguese siblings have legally challenged their 101 year-old father’s marriage to a 52 year-old. The couple’s marriage was motivated by the woman’s designs on the elderly man’s €2 million (£1.7 million) estate his children have claimed. The three have officially objected to the marriage on the grounds of their father’s alleged “incapacity”. They believe…

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Kuwaitis chase ‘interest-driven’ marriages

May 24, 2017 0 comments

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Financial assistance offered to newly-weds by the Kuwaiti government has been blamed for a surge in the divorce rate. The Middle Eastern nation, famously invaded by Saddam Hussain in 1990, has already seen the rate of divorce reach 60 per cent this year, Arab Times reports. In the first two months of this year, according…

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Marriage is ‘infectious’?

May 22, 2017 2 comments

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People are more likely to get married if a lot of their neighbours have already done so, according to a new study. Think tank the Marriage Foundation believes this is most evident in affluent communities. Their research indicates that as many as 87 per cent of high earners are married, compared to just 24 per…

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Americans most likely to find spouses from neighbouring states

May 22, 2017 1 comment

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Americans who marry spouses from outside their home states are most likely to end up choosing spouses from neighbouring ones. Time magazine analysed data relating to no less than 116 million marriages between people from different states, collating the commonest combinations while at the same allowing for distorting effect of population density. In each case,…

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Interracial marriages in US at all-time high

May 19, 2017 0 comments

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The number of Americans married to someone of a different race is at an all-time high. Such marriages have been legal across the United States since 1967. That was the year of landmark Supreme Court ruling Loving v Virginia, in which the highest judicial authority in the country ruled that any state law prohibiting interracial…

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Peak fertility increases satisfaction with ‘manly’ husbands

May 18, 2017 1 comment

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Women feel more satisfied with masculine husbands when they are at their most fertile. Psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer made this claim following her study of 70 newly married couples. Each relationship represented the first marriage for both spouses involved. She asked the participants to fill out a questionnaire every evening for 14 days. Wives were…

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Jilted Indian woman kidnaps groom at gunpoint

May 17, 2017 0 comments

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An Indian groom has reportedly been abducted at gunpoint by his former girlfriend. The alleged kidnapping happened earlier this week in the small town of Maudaha, in the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The now missing husband-to-be worked as a ‘compounder’ (a pharmacist who mixes their own medicines) at a doctor’s clinic, and had…

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‘Allow marriage between co-workers’ Indonesians demand

May 16, 2017 1 comment

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A group in Indonesia have called on the government to allow co-workers to marry each other. Many employers in the southeast Asian country prohibit their staff marrying one another. Such bans are justified by claims that they prevent nepotism or that marriages between employees can disturb the professional atmosphere of the workplace. If a couple…

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New Jersey Governor rejects child marriage ban

May 15, 2017 1 comment

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has refused to sign a bill which would make child marriage illegal in the state. The proposed legislation would have eliminated all exceptions to the minimum marriage age of 18 and would have made the so-called ‘Garden State’ the first in the US to do so. Throughout the United States,…

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Northern Ireland woman seeks humanist marriage

May 10, 2017 1 comment

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A Belfast woman and her footballer fiancé are in the midst of a legal bid to have humanist marriages recognised in Northern Ireland. Laura Lacole and Leeds United midfielder player Eunan O’Kane want to have their wedding next month officiated by a celebrant from the British Humanist Association (BHA). However, the General Register Office has…

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