Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I've heard of the quickie divorce, but this is ridiculous...

Well, at last we have the news that we have all been totally indifferent about dreading: the nation's sweetheart has started divorce proceedings against her (allegedly) philandering husband, Cashley Cole. The reports (see, for example, this report in The Guardian, which should know better) say that she issued the proceedings yesterday, timing them so that they would be concluded before Cashley first kicks a ball in World Cup earnest on the 12th June. Er... I think not. Seeing as you need a six week period between decree nisi and decree absolute, let alone the time it would take to get the decree nisi in the first place, I somehow can't see the divorce being finalised in just two and a half weeks. Another example of the myth of the 'quickie' divorce methinks...

Of course, a cynic might say that the divorce has been timed purposely to coincide with the World Cup, but far be it from me to suggest that the nation's sweetheart would do anything to jeopardise that same nation's chances in the most tedious and over-hyped greatest event in the sporting calendar.

Nevertheless, as a mark of solidarity with poor Cashley I'm off to buy a couple of those ever-so-tasteful England flags, which I shall be displaying proudly on my car, at least until Germany knock us out on penalties in the quarter-finals...

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POSTSCRIPT: The BBC was also one of the 'culprits', reporting that the divorce could go through before the World Cup. However, they have since made amends by publishing an article by Caroline Bourn in their magazine, explaining that there is no such thing as a 'quickie' divorce, and that this divorce will take months. There is only one small point upon which I would disagree with Ms Bourn: the article states that the respondent to the divorce must file the acknowledgement of the divorce proceedings within 14 days - I think that should be 7 days.

UPDATE: Now corrected to 7 days.

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