Saudi women to get copies of marriage contracts

May 3, 2016 1 comment

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Women in Saudi Arabia can now receive copies of their marriage contracts for the first time in the kingdom’s history. Previously, only men were given copies of marriage contracts but the justice ministry has announced that this will now change. Justice Minister Walid al-Samaani declared that the decision was made to “protect the rights of…

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Essex man admits bigamy

April 29, 2016 2 comments

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An Essex man has admitted to bigamy after his wife discovered he was married to someone else. The man’s wife had become suspicious that her husband was still married shortly after their wedding in September. She hired a private investigator who found out that her husband had been married for 11 years before the couple’s…

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Marriage rate drops by nine per cent

April 27, 2016 13 comments

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The number of marriages in England and Wales has fallen by almost nine per cent. According to newly published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 240,854 marriages in 2013. This represents an 8.6 per cent drop since the previous year and is the first decline since 2009. Despite the drop, first…

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Widows healthier than wives

April 25, 2016 0 comments

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Women become healthier and less stressed after the death of their husbands. Researchers from the University of Padua in northern Italy found that while men who lose their spouse tend to experience a decline in health the opposite is true of women. Their study tracked almost 2,000 people aged over 65 for four years. Widowers…

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Marriage licences under threat in Alabama

April 20, 2016 0 comments

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A bill which would abolish the marriage licence is close to approval in the southern state of Alabama. Senate Bill 23-3 was approved by the state Senate last month and has now been handed on to the Judiciary Committee who are due to consider it this week. If passed the legislation would mean couples intending…

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Only one in six claim marriage tax break

April 20, 2016 0 comments

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Only one in six people eligible for the marriage tax break has claimed it. Introduced last year, the scheme was part of the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto. It is available to people who earn less than £10,600 per year. No income tax is paid on this amount of money and it is referred to…

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Turkish men protest at lack of marriage prospects

April 19, 2016 2 comments

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Young men  in a remote Turkish village recently took to the streets to protest after local women turned down their marriage proposals. Üzümlü in eastern Anatolia is 571 miles east of Istanbul. After a string of local women amongst the dwindling female population declined to marry them, around 25 men marched through the village with…

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Ireland marrying later than ever

April 19, 2016 5 comments

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Irish people are marrying later than ever, new statistics have revealed. The average Irish groom was a little over 35 years old in 2015. This represents a significant rise since 1977 when it was just over 26. Women also married later than they had ever done before. The average age for brides was 33, up…

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21 year old ‘married fourth woman’ for dowry

April 19, 2016 0 comments

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A 21 year-old Indian man has gone on the run after being caught marrying for the fourth time. The man persuaded a teenage girl to become his bride, claiming to be a businessman, and received a large dowry from her family, including gold jewellery. They lived in Shaikpet, a suburb of Hyderabad in southern India….

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First ‘Pastafarian’ wedding held in New Zealand

April 18, 2016 0 comments

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A couple in New Zealand became the first to marry in a ‘Pastafarian’ ceremony this week. Toby Ricketts, a British voiceover artist, married New Zealander Marianna Fenn after four years together. The ceremony was held on a boat decorated to look like a pirate ship, the couple wore full pirate costumes and the guests wore…

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