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 âloveless and desperately unhappyâ marriage.
Tini Owens wants to divorce her husband Hugh, but has already lost two rounds of her legal battle.Woman says she filmed a lion on the roam in Birmingham
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 âfew yearsâ to enjoy.Advertisement Advertisement
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 âno enthusiasm whatsoeverâ and said Parliament would have to decide whether to introduce âno faultâ divorce on demand.
Another said Parliament had âdecreedâ that being in a âwretchedly unhappy marriageâ was not grounds for divorce.
Five Supreme Court justices will now reanalyse the case at a hearing in London.
Mrs Owensâ lawyers say she should not have to prove that Mr Owensâ behaviour has been âunreasonableâ â" only that she should not âreasonably be expectedâ to remain with him.AdvertisementSource: Google News