Lawyer Offers Help To Couple Set To Divorce After SSM Result
Nick and Sarah Jensen made a bold pledge back in 2015, that if same-sex marriage was passed in Australia, they would divorce.
Two years later, people are calling for them to be true to their word - and surprise, surprise - they’re looking for a way out.
The religious couple from Canberra has been offered the help of Sydney family law firm, Tiyce & Lawyers, pro bono, because "quite simply, they’re going to need it."
"My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary but later this year we may be getting a divorce,"
"My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to
"After our divorce, we’ll continue to live together, hopefully for another 50 years. And, God willing, we’ll have more children. We’ll also continue to refer to each other as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ and consider ourselves married by the Church and before God."
"I see it as a call for help, hence my offer," he said.
"My firm does quite a bit of pro bono work in family law each year in the gay, lesbian and trans community, I thought offering assistance to Nick and Sarah would be an excellent way of reaching out across communities with my family law expertise, because quite simply they are going to need it."
The problem is that divorce is only acceptable under certain conditions, and given the media publicity surrounding the couple, being granted the divorce is most probably going to be an issue.
"The Family Law Act [states] the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. That means that there is no reasonable chance that the parties will resume their marital relationship."
He also said a couple needs to be separated for a continuous period of 12 months before filing for divorce.
"As I understand, the position
"Continuing to present as husband and wife to the world would, in my opinion, make it impossible for them to establish that their relationship was at an end."
"This is a situation known as ‘wedlock’ which is mostly experienced currently by gay couples who married overseas but cannot always divorce upon separation in Australia because their marriage post-2004 is not