Entries in Divorce (4)


Italian Man, 99, Divorcing Wife of 77 Years Over 60-Year-Old Affair

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NAPLES, Italy) -- This year has been filled with its share of sudden and surprising divorces in the entertainment and political world, but this split may take the cake.

A 99-year-old Italian man filed for divorce from his 96-year-old wife of 77 years after he found letters from an affair she had 60 years ago.

The man, identified in court papers as Antonio C., discovered the letters exchanged between his wife and a former flame in an old chest of drawers days before Christmas, according to the Telegraph. He confronted his wife, Rosa C., who reportedly admitted to the affair, and tried to convince him to stick with their marriage.

But despite the nearly eight decades that they spent building a life together, a scorned Antonio C., moved ahead with the divorce. The letters were the latest woes in the couple’s long marriage during which they had five kids, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild together, according to UPI.

Originally from Sardinia, Antonio C. reportedly met Rosa C. in the 1930s while he served as part of the Italian Carabinieri in her native Naples. The Italian press pointed to the couple’s southern blood as the catalyst for the breakup, the Telegraph noted.

Once Antonio and Rosa C.’s divorce is finalized, they will become the oldest divorcees, according to the Telegraph, taking the title from fellow Brits Bertie and Jessie Wood, both aged 98, who called it quits in 2009 after 36 years of marriage.

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China Hopes Love Letters Scratch Couples’ ’7-Year Itch’

Getty/George Doyle/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Can a love letter written in the height of newlywed bliss save a marriage down the road?

The Chinese government hopes so, and it’s betting a national campaign on it in hopes of stemming the populous country’s rising divorce rates.

Under the “China Post” program, newlywed couples can drop off sealed love letters to each other in one of China’s state-run post offices, and the government will deliver the letters back to them seven years after their wedding day.

The idea was the brainchild of Beijing post office branch manager Sun Buxin, who thought that reminding couples at the “seven-year itch” mark of why they fell in love in the first place would be the extra spark needed to stay together, and away from divorce court.

Divorce rates in Beijing alone have grown from 11,582 in 2004 to 21,013 last year, according to Chinese government data. Nationwide in China, a total of 1.96 million couples applied for divorce, up 14.5 percent from 2009.

The rising divorce rate is thought to be a consequence of the country’s rapid economic development, as the strains of finding a job, buying a home and maintaining a family catch up with even the happiest of couples.

Launched in September, China Post also gives newlyweds who sign on the chance to use special stamps, postcards and a Love Passport to be stamped on every anniversary.

In case a handwritten note is not enough, China has extended its marriage-saving mission to the courts as well. Courts there last month changed the country’s marriage law to ensure that property bought by the groom before the marriage would not be shared in the event of the divorce, a move they hoped would entrench the institution.

Couples optimistic enough early on to use China Post, but not compatible enough to make it as far as even the seven years might not want to check their mail when that anniversary date arrives, however.

“If couples don’t tell us to cancel the service,” Mr. Sun told the BBC, “we’ll still deliver the letter.”

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Mexico City Considers Temporary Marriage Licenses

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- Mexico City lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow newlyweds to apply for temporary marriage licenses, instead of making the plunge into wedded life a lifetime commitment.

The change to civil code was proposed this week and would allow couples to decide the length of the commitment, with two years as the minimum. If couples are still enjoying wedded bliss when the contract ends, then they would be able to renew the license. And if they’re unhappy, the contract expires and they are both free without going through a divorce.

The legislation has proved to be controversial in Mexico, the country with the second largest Catholic population in world, after Brazil.

A vote is expected on the proposed legislation by the end of the year.

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French Woman Sues Ex-Husband for Lack of Sex

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France) -- A 51-year-old Frenchman is going to pay up for not putting out.

His now ex-wife has successfully sued him over a "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage," according to the U.K. Daily Telegraph.  The man has been ordered to pay the equivalent of nearly $10,000 in damages.

A judge in Aix-en-Provence supported the wife's citing of article 215 of France's Civil Code, which states married couples must live a "shared communal life."  The code states that "sexual relations must form part of marriage."

The woman, 47, had been granted a divorce two years ago, but sought damages in a separate legal action.

Her ex-husband blamed their lack of sex on "tiredness and health problems."

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