Divorce in New Zealand.
Apropos of divorce and Mr Samuel's measure, indirectly, the,; following took place in the Wellington Supreme Court, as reported by the "Post":—"The Chief" Justice expressed the opinion during the hearing of a case in the Divorce Court that marriages were entered into in the colonies with less consideration than in England, and; that a largd lrumtyer dtf divorces in the colony were in consequence of -the insufficiency of knowledge
which the parties possessed of each other before they were bound in bonds of matrimony. Mr Haselden observed that Mr.Samuel, M.H.H., was endeavoring to open- two or three more doors for people who were anxious to obtain divorces. At a later stage of the sitting His Honor said it would be interesting to know whether more divorces were granted in New Zealand according to the population that in England. Mr Jellicoe said he was certain that there were more in New Zealand. His Honor stated that he had been informed by Mr Thomas, the deputy-registrar, that more divorces weros granted in Auckland than any of the .other four centres. ..Mr Jellicoe was afraid that the number of divorces in the colony was the result of cheap law. In England facilities for obtaining a dissolution of the marriage tie did not exist to the same extent as in New Zealand, and most people, being unable to afford the expense, patched up their differences without appearing in court. The subject then dropped."
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Divorce in New Zealand., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890
Divorce in New Zealand. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890
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