Tuesday, November 27, 2012
From the Washington Post:
Noel Tshiani wasn’t at his wedding — he listened by phone in another country to the ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to court records — but he’s just as married as if he’d stood at his bride’s side. And soon, he’ll be just as divorced and responsible for alimony and child support, a Maryland court has ruled.
Tshiani, a World Bank employee, was working in another African country when he and Marie-Louise Tshiani married in a 1993 ceremony. He answered questions and listened to the ceremony by telephone, while his cousin stood in his place for the ceremony, court records say. The exchange among families included money, clothes and a goat, and within days, the bride flew to join her husband, according to court records.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals, in upholding the divorce and nearly $6,000 a month in alimony, child support and other financial payments, said the ceremony may have been unusual but is considered a marriage like any other under state law.
Read more here.
Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn