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Marriage matters—so let’s make it easier for people like Tini Owens to get divorced

The ability to leave when one wants to doesn’t degrade the institution of marriage

By Stephanie Boland  

Tini Owens (centre) leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Photo: PA

It may seem perverse to argue that it ought to be easier to leave an institution into which one, ostensibly, should enter for life. That is, of course, until one learns the exact nature of Britain’s bizarre divorce laws.

Take Tini Owens, for instance, a 66-year-old woman who has been petitioning for a divorce from her husband of 40 years. The predicament is relatively simple: Owens says that she feels locked in a “loveless”…

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