Mrs Tini Owens has taken her husband to the Court of Appeal to ask three judges for a divorce because he makes her feel ‘unloved, isolated and alone’.
In 2016 Mrs Owens failed to persuade a family court judge to allow her to divorce her husband but Mr Hugh Owens is opposed to the divorce even though his wife had an affair in 2013 and said they still had a ‘few years’ to enjoy together in life; they have been married 38 years.
Mrs Owens could have to live next door until at least February 2020 because in England and Wales a couple must be separated for five years for a divorce to be allowed without the consent of both parties.
If Lord Justice Munby and the two other appeal judges overturn the decision it would be a landmark ‘no fault’ divorce case, where a spouse does not have to prove that his or her partner has done anything wrong.
Mr Owens, runs a successful fruit and vegetable growing company with a £7million annual turnover. He and Mrs Owen are the two main shareholders. They also have a property company and are said to own four homes between them.
Sir James said the job of appeal judges was to ‘apply the law’. He said they would examine legislation laid down by Parliament and said, ‘It is not a ground for divorce if you find yourself in a wretchedly unhappy marriage – people may say it should be.’
They are expected to publish a ruling soon.
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