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Indiana University
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Malta Legalizes Divorce

From ABC News:

A weekend referendum in the Mediterranean island of Malta found majority support for the introduction of divorce laws.

But it was a tight win for the pro-divorce movement, with just over 53 per cent voting in favour of the referendum.

The result was Malta's prime minister, Lawrence Gonzi, who had campaigned heavily against the introduction of divorce.

"The majority result in favour of divorce is not the result that I'd hoped for," he said.

"But the will of the people has to be respected and parliament should enact a law for the introduction of divorce."

The referendum asked whether divorce should be legalised "in the case of a married couple who has been separated or has been living apart for at least four years and where there is no reasonable hope for reconciliation between the spouses, whilst at the same time ensuring that adequate maintenance is guaranteed and the welfare of the children is safeguarded".

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It's still a little surprising when a story like this comes out, since our culture has been open to divorce for so long now that it's deemed as normal. The grounds for divorce cited in the article indicate that there is a recognition of the fact that some relationships can be irreconcilable though, so legalizing divorce in Malta is really just about the legal red tape.

Posted by: Albany Divorce Lawyer | Jun 14, 2011 7:45:05 AM

I do not necessarily agree with the '4 year separation' requirement, but it is great to see that the Maltanesean people have elected to give themselves the freedom to pursue divorce if they so desire.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce | Jul 13, 2011 7:50:15 PM

I am very happy for the Maltanese people.

Posted by: Divorce Attorneys Tulsa | Sep 1, 2011 6:27:09 PM

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