It is extremely rare for divorces to be contested. However last week, a Wife found herself in the position of having to prove the marriage has broken down irretrievably. It remains to be seen whether, on appeal, the divorce will be allowed to proceed.
A woman who says she is "desperately unhappy" in her 39-year marriage is fighting a legal battle against a court's refusal to grant her divorce. Tini Owens, 66, has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a family court ruling, which said she couldn't divorce her husband Hugh Owens, 78. The court heard her case was that the marriage had broken down, but Mr Owens disagreed and said the couple still had a "few years" to enjoy. A ruling is yet to be published.