Netizen 24 GBR: Woman trapped in 'loveless' marriage battling to divorce husband of 40 years

By On May 17, 2018

Woman trapped in 'loveless' marriage battling to divorce husband of 40 years

A woman has gone to the Supreme Court in a fresh bid to persuade judges to end her ‘loveless and desperately unhappy’ marriage.

Tini Owens wants to divorce her husband Hugh, but has already lost two rounds of her legal battle.

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Lawyers say the case could have huge implications for unhappily married people â€" but justices are not expected to produce a ruling until later this year.

Mrs Owens, 68, argues Mr Owens had behaved unreasonably and the marriage had broken down.

But her 80-year-old husband, a retired businessman, does not want to divorce and denies the allegations made against him.

Mr Owens says the couple still have a ‘few years’ to enjoy.

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Judges have heard how Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978 and lived in Broadway, Worcestershire, but she petitioned for divorce in 2015 after moving out.

In 2016, she failed to persuade a family court judge to allow the divorce, and last year three appeal judges ruled against her after a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

They said Mrs Owens had failed to establish that her marriage had, legally, irretrievably broken down.

One appeal judge said she had reached her conclusion with ‘no enthusiasm whatsoever’ and said Parliament would have to decide whether to introduce ‘no fault’ divorce on demand.

Another said Parliament had ‘decreed’ that being in a ‘wretchedly unhappy marriage’ was not grounds for divorce.

Five Supreme Court justices will now reanalyse the case at a hearing in London.

Mrs Owens’ lawyers say she should not have to prove that Mr Owens’ behaviour has been ‘unreasonable’ â€" only that she should not ‘reasonably be expected’ to remain with him.

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