Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Andre and Price: Cross-Decrees
I have until now studiously avoided mentioning the divorce of "celebrities" Peter Andre and Katie Price on this blog. However, I think that one thing does deserve a mention. As has been reported across the media, the couple were today granted cross-decrees at the High Court, and I thought I would just explain what is going on here. Essentially, the court is simultaneously granting each party a decree nisi on the basis of the other's unreasonable behaviour. The obvious question is: why? The answer is, quite simply, that each party petitioned or cross-petitioned on the basis of the other's unreasonable behaviour, and neither was prepared to concede to allowing the divorce to proceed solely on the basis of the other's allegations. A little childish, you may think, but infinitely better than a contested divorce.
Note that, contrary to many reports in the less well-informed media, the marriage was not dissolved today - it will only be dissolved when one party applies for the decree absolute, which they can only do after six weeks have elapsed from today.