Jewish law ‘forbids conditional marriages’

March 21, 2017 0 comments

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Jewish law forbids ‘conditional marriages’ the senior Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem has insisted. As the name suggests, such marriages have conditions attached which are supposed to  mean they can be annulled retrospectively if they are not met. The Rabbinical Court had been asked to approve such a marriage, which had not been properly registered and…

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Kenyan wife told to pay back bride price

March 21, 2017 0 comments

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The estranged wife of a Kenyan schoolteacher has lost her bid to overturn a ruling that she must refund her bride price. The latter is a sum of money or goods of an agreed value paid to the woman’s family on marriage in some societies. By contrast, dowries are paid to the family of the…

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Canadian woman murdered daughter in custody battle

March 21, 2017 0 comments

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A Canadian woman has been given a life sentence for murdering her nine year-old daughter shortly at the end of an acrimonious divorce. Laura Coward, from the western province of Alberta, was arrested two days after Amber Lucius was reported missing. The girl’s body was found in a burnt-out SUV in a remote area. The…

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Divorce dispute lasts longer than marriage

March 20, 2017 0 comments

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An ongoing financial dispute between a divorced couple has now run longer than the pair were married. The former husband was a commodities broker with homes in Ibiza and Verbier, Switzerland, while the wife was a model. Now both in their early thirties, the couple met in 2010 and lived a “hedonistic” life until they…

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The other woman and the perils of DIY divorce

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March 16, 2017 3 comments

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Here’s an interesting, and surely far from unique, scenario. What happens when someone dies, having left their spouse to go to live with a new partner, but not separated their finances from those of their spouse? The case of Martin v Williams is an object lesson on the perils of a “do it yourself” divorce…

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Nigerian wife ‘regrets first divorce’

March 15, 2017 1 comment

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A Nigerian woman is seeking a divorce from her second husband, saying she regrets leaving the first. The 39 year-old begged for a divorce before a ‘customary court’ in Ikole, a district of Ekiti State to the west of the African nation. Customary courts practice traditional tribal law. Her husband of just three years had…

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Good-looking people ‘more likely to divorce’

March 14, 2017 2 comments

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Good-looking people are more likely to have shorter relationships and get divorced, a new study suggests. Although such people are naturally going to attract romantic interest from people other than their partners, researchers from Harvard University found that they are more likely to reciprocate that interest than their less attractive peers. Previous research has established…

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Iraqi MP proposes polygamy incentive

March 14, 2017 0 comments

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A female member of the Iraqi Parliament has proposed legislation which would offer men a financial incentive to marry more than one woman. Polygamy has been legal for Muslim men in the war-torn country since 1959. A man who wants to marry another woman must obtain a judge’s approval. For that he has to demonstrate…

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