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No Divorcing Please, We’re British

by Jeff Murphy
April 2012

Kalamazoo Mediation by Jeff Murphy

Jeff Murphy

We have “no-fault divorce” here in the States, but in the U.K. a party suuing for divorce still has to prove cause. Officially the grounds are such serious matters as adultery and abandonment, but it seems the courts will take just about anything presented.

Check out the Saturday April 7, 2012 issue of the new York Times “Tuna Again? In Fault-Finding England, It’s a Cause for Divorce”.

Some of the incredible reasons given are:

He made her dress in a Klingon costume and talk to him in Klingon

She tampered with the TV antenna and threw out his cold cuts

He hadn’t spoken to her in 15 years, communicating only with Post-it notes

He would put on her clothes and stretched out her best outfits (She’s tiny-he’s 6'3)

Worst of all he controlled the TV clicker and surfed channels too fast.

Read the article, it’s funny and sad.


Jeff Murphy is a trained mediator and an attorney with over 35 years of business, civil and commercial legal experience. He was born and raised in New York CIty where he attended Columbia and Fordham. He ventured westward to join The Upjohn Company years ago and served as Senior Counsel for their Agricultural Division. He has written numerous articles on mediation in addition doing presentations to groups, associations and businesses on the topic in an effort to educate people on the benefits of mediation over litigation.  Mediate, don't litigate!    

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