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Author Topic: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage  (Read 2569 times)

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Offline Cliff

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Lesbians seeking first gay 'divorce' after three months
By Jonathan Petre
(Filed: 19/05/2006)

A lesbian couple who could become the first to divorce after "marrying" just three months ago were warned by lawyers yesterday that they may have a long wait.

Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthard, 36, registered their civil partnership in Ashford, Kent, on Feb 11 before sharing a honeymoon in Amsterdam.

But the relationship soured after Miss Ligthard accused Miss King of seeing another woman who had been a guest at their "wedding". The couple are now splitting up and face the prospect of dividing their joint assets.

Miss Ligthard said that the break-up came after Miss King said she no longer loved her.

"Liz told me she didn't love me any more, that she hadn't done so for years. I was absolutely flabbergasted," she said.

"I asked her why she had gone through the wedding and she said it was to make me happy. But it was all her idea.

"She even asked if I would change my name by deed poll because she liked the sound of it. We seemed more in love than ever."

She said she noticed something was wrong after Miss King, an amateur triathlete who works in insurance, began spending a lot of time away from home and kept bringing another woman back to the house.

"Liz is into athletics and is a triathlete. She began spending a lot of time training with another girl at her athletics club," Miss Ligthard, who works for Eurostar, told The Sun newspaper.

"They were together every day and this girl began coming round to the house when I was at work."

Miss King said: "I have nothing to say except I feel sorry for Daphne at this time."

Lawyers said that, under the Civil Partnerships Act that came into force in December, the couple could not terminate their partnership until it had been in existence for at least a year.

Moreover, in contrast to marriage, adultery was not recognised as grounds for ending a civil partnership, though unreasonable behaviour could be cited.

Mark Harper, a divorce specialist with the London law firm Withers, said that the dissolution of a partnership was almost exactly the same as any other divorce.

"The court would look at the assets that existed at the start of the relationship," he said. "The presumption would be that assets built up during the course of a relationship would be equally divided even if one partner earned much more than the other."


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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2006, 07:54:48 PM »


As my wise ol' granny use to say, "be careful what you wish for...you just might get it". And so it begins....

Peace,
Hal :'(

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2006, 09:09:25 PM »
Equal rights include same regarding divorce.

Lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, transgenders and queers are just as entitled as anyone else to mess up their relationships. Or they should be.

Andy Velez

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2006, 09:12:11 PM »
Recently, Kinky Friedman, the next govenor of the great state of Texas, was asked his thoughts on gay marriage. He stated " Hell,why not, I see no reason gays shouldnt be as miserable as the rest of us". Vote KINKY
http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/
Kinky for President? Now that would be cool

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2006, 09:27:59 PM »
"Liz is into athletics and is a triathlete. She began spending a lot of time training with another girl at her athletics club," Miss Ligthard, who works for Eurostar, told The Sun newspaper.

"They were together every day and this girl began coming round to the house when I was at work."

to train no doubt!  :D

Offline Basquo

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2006, 09:49:12 PM »
Kegel excercises, no doubt!

Offline Lwood

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2006, 08:22:50 AM »
This has been predicted in this country as well, in states where same sex mariage becomes a reality, and the legal system may have to adapt to unique issues.. Plenty of straight couples divorce after a very short time too, Im not sure what the phenomenon is, reality I guess.
I still agree that overall, Gay marriages tend to work out better/longer since its so much more difficult to get married in the first place that the couples really have to be determined.
Who knows what was up with the two women in the Story, maybe they were mutual 'Trophy Wives' more in love with the IDEA of a Same Sex marriage than the Actual Reality of it. Im sure many a straight husband has wound up banging one of the bridesmaids, after deciding he wasn't quite ready to settle down afterall... so I dont really see anything unique here

I really Hope Kinky friedman is able to get some deep Grass Roots support like Ross Perot did, but Im afraid he's just not going to be taken seriously. I still want a Kinky campaign button/bumper sticker though. Like Perot, I think he could easily do something at the State level, like Senator or Gov. , then again if the next best candidate is Hillary Clinton or a revived John Kerry  Id go Kinky all the way.
"Fortunately, I Keep My T Cells Numbered For Just Such An Emergency"
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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2006, 08:33:12 AM »
Recently, Kinky Friedman, the next govenor of the great state of Texas, was asked his thoughts on gay marriage. He stated " Hell,why not, I see no reason gays shouldnt be as miserable as the rest of us". Vote KINKY
http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/
Kinky for President? Now that would be cool

Finally, something I can agree with.

Hal :o

Offline Cliff

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Re: Gay couple seek first gay divorce after 3 months of marriage
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2006, 09:53:20 AM »
As I understand (at least from what the immigration attorney says), the UK does not recognize prenuptial agreements (or pre-civil partnership agreements).  So many folks now rushing into civil partnerships may be surprised to learn that like Andy says, there are equal rights for divorce too.  So people may be surprised to learn that upon cessation of the relationship, assets (at least those gained during the relationship) will be split equally AND where one person made much more than the other, they can be forced to continue to provide support for their partner.

 


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