Two men with 30 wives guilty of polygamy

July 25, 2017 2 comments

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Two former leaders of a breakaway Mormon community in Canada have been found guilty of practicing polygamy. One of the men was married to 25 women and had reportedly had as many as 145 children. The other had five wives but it was not known how many children he had fathered. They lived in a…

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Marriage ‘spies’ deal with unfaithful spouses

July 18, 2017 1 comment

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An agency in China employs “spies” to sabotage extra-marital relationships. These so-called “mistress hunters” will insert themselves into the lives of people who are romantically involved with someone who is already married. Commonly known as ‘the other woman’ in English speaking countries, these people are called xiao san in China. This translates to ‘little third’….

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More older people marrying and divorcing

July 18, 2017 0 comments

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More older people than ever before are marrying and divorcing, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported. In a new analysis of previously published data, the ONS notes a huge 46 per cent increase in the number of brides and grooms over the age of 65. Just 7,468 tied the knot in 2004 but…

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Retired postman builds museum to late wife

July 17, 2017 0 comments

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A retired postman in Mississippi has built his own museum to commemorate his late wife. Charles Evans lives in Starkville in the northeast of the ‘Magnolia State’ –  a small city of 24,000 and the historic seat of Mississippi State University. He lost his wife Louise in 2011 after a remarkable 60 years together. They…

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Polygamy crackdown in Uzbekistan

July 17, 2017 1 comment

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The government of Uzbekistan has announced plans to crack down on the practice of polygamy in the former Soviet republic. Lawmakers in the Central Asian nation have drafted a bill which would punish mullahs and imams who perform religious wedding ceremonies for people who are already married to someone else. Although polygamy is illegal in…

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Just over half the adult population is married

July 14, 2017 1 comment

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Nearly 51 per cent of the adult population is married according to new statistics. In a new bulletin outlining population estimates, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) considers England and Wales last year. There were no less than 24.1 million married people across the two countries– a total equating to 50.9 per cent of the…

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Marriage fraudster told to pay $10,000 in damages

June 26, 2017 0 comments

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A Singaporean woman has been ordered to pay a New Zealand man NZ $10,000 (£5,733) in damages after a fake marriage scam. The man, from Wellington, had answered a newspaper advertisement about brides abroad and eventually paid the woman NZ $35,000 (£20,076) for marriage to a second Singaporean woman. However the bride he was allocated…

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Marriage and fatherhood lead to weight gain

June 26, 2017 0 comments

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Men who are married or have children are more likely to be overweight than their single peers. This has been a common belief for a long time but recently a recently published study by researchers at the University of Bath appears to give credence to it. They examined data from 8,729 heterosexual couples who were…

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Northern Ireland Court allows humanist marriage

June 20, 2017 0 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A couple in Northern Ireland have been given the go-ahead to hold a humanist marriage by the Court of Appeal. Prior to this decision, such ceremonies were not legally recognised in the Province. If couples wanted one, they would also need to have a civil registration. Laura Lacole and her fiancé Eunan O’Kane, a football…

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