A man in a red hat walks into the clerk’s office in his hometown of Westport, Connecticut, with a wife and two young children.
He holds a copy of the Connecticut Constitution and says, “If you’re not married, we won’t marry you.”
The clerk has a question: “How do you get married?”
She answers, “By petition.”
“Can I get a divorce?” he asks.
She tells him, “You can.”
The man walks out.
In the next room, the clerk offers him a divorce case file.
She asks him if he wants to sign it.
“Oh, you signed it,” he says.
He gets a phone call from the woman he’s married to for his first time. “
He’s been a married man for 13 years, and this is the first time he’s signed a divorce petition.
I have a baby.’ “
She said, ‘Oh, Mr. Smith, I’m not married.
“I don’t want her to go through this. “
I don’t think I’ll be able to get married,” he explains. “
I don’t want her to go through this.
I don’t think I’ll be able to get married,” he explains.
“You have to wait for the case to be finalized.”
When the paperwork is filed, a judge makes a final decision.
Smith and his wife have two kids, and they’re looking forward to having a normal life with their new baby girl.
But this week, they were married without a divorce certificate, and the court ordered that the marriage be annulled.
The couple was surprised and angry, but their legal battle began in 2009 when they moved to Connecticut from Missouri.
They had filed for a divorce five years earlier but didn’t have the papers.
After several years of waiting, Smith and wife were finally able to obtain a divorce.
The state of Connecticut has a mandatory “consent decree” for divorces, which is an order that gives couples permission to dissolve their marriages.
The court in Connecticut didn’t give them the chance to request a consent decree because they didn’t obtain one.
Smith’s legal team, which includes lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal group that advocates for the rights of couples and their children, asked for the decree in an attempt to help the couple get on track with their child, and Smith and the wife were awarded their divorce on Monday.
The couples’ story highlights the problems with the traditional divorce process, and how it can be used to silence divorced couples and other unhappy couples.
“The fact that they were not able to seek the consent decree means that it’s not just a one-time case, it’s a recurring pattern,” says Laura F. Sisk, a lawyer and professor at Rutgers University.
“They’re going to be fighting this for years.”
Smith and Sisk argue that because the Connecticut court didn’t grant consent, it invalidated the marriage.
But Sisk says the state’s court system can’t always tell whether a divorce has gone wrong.
“There are so many issues in Connecticut that are not clear-cut, that the courts are not trained to deal with them, and so they have to use the consent decrees,” she says.
The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the decree, but it didn’t immediately order that Smith and W.J. be divorced.
They were ordered to continue to live together and be in the state for two years, but they’re still unable to marry.
The clerk’s case file shows that she had a “notice of motion” to dismiss the case on Jan. 17.
She then sent an email to all couples seeking divorce that day asking them to sign a form saying that they wanted to be married and be able, legally, to enter into a civil marriage.
She also told couples that if they don’t sign the consent document, they would have to get a court order to divorce.
“This is a very important document,” says Sisk.
“If they do not sign this, they’re going in for an expensive and lengthy divorce.
And that could be months or years of fighting.”
Smith says the clerk told him that she wouldn’t be able take care of their kids and couldn’t pay the $300 a week rent for a house.
“So we can’t do anything,” he said.
“We’re going bankrupt.
We’re not going to have the children.”
Smith, a married father of two, is now worried about his finances.
He says that after his ex-wife remarried, he lost $3,000 in his retirement account.
The money has been used to pay his mortgage and to pay off his student loans, and now he’s afraid that the money will run out.
Smith is a registered Republican, and he’s also a Republican activist.
“When we lose this fight, it won’t be for us, it’ll be for our children