Lyn Tregilgas wrote:
Hello Listers, would someone be able to advise me on the laws of
divorce in the early 1900s please?
It was expensive and carried a huge social stigma, both for men and
for women, especially women. I think I'm right is saying that men
could still divorce women a lot easier than women could divorce men.
The actual grounds changed in the early 1900s for women and a private
Act of Parliament was no longer needed in order to secure the divorce.
I have a relative who left her husband in England and fled to
Australia. Within a year she was married again. Was she a
bigamist? The husband actually didn't marry for 20 years although
he did live with his future wife and produced children. Was there
a 20 year rule?
She could well have been, especially as her erstwhile husband lived
with someone else and had a new family. Had he been divorced, he
could have married again immediately.
The rule was 7 years and after that time he could have applied for a
divorce on the grounds of abandonment or had her declared legally dead.
Maybe he left it 20 years because he didn't want to go through the
same thing again.