Legal wrangling : Woman plans to divorce worthless man

September 23, 2016

A woman who has been married for eight years says she regrets the day she met her husband, because he has been treating her like a child.

According to the woman, he does not allow her to shop or cook because he says he does not believe anyone should spend his money.

"Life has become so boring for me, all I think of daily is to divorce my husband because he is very mean and unkind to me," she said.

"We have been married for eight years and from the day we got married, my husband has taken over the running of the house. He has never given me any money to go to the market or supermarket. My husband does all the shopping and cooking.

"He knows that I don't eat certain types of food, but he cooks whatever he pleases. I told him many times that he cannot just cook what he likes, he must think about me, too; but he says if I don't want to eat what he cooks, then I should stay hungry.

"My husband used to live in England and he came home nine years ago and built his house in central Jamaica. I met him the same year he returned home and a year later we got married. My husband gets a pension from England and he has two other houses which he rents.




"My relatives had told me not to marry him because he was too old for me. I am 40 years old and my husband is 68 years old.

When I tell my relatives how he is treating me, they say I must divorce him because he does not have good ways. If I ask him for money to buy clothes and shoes, he takes me to the store and pay for them. He said he had a bad experience with his ex-wife and so he does not want any woman to spend his money.

"I really think it is time to leave my husband, but my mother keeps telling me not to break up my marriage. My aunt, who lives in the United States, came to visit last year and when I explained the situation to her, she encouraged me to leave him. He does not want me to work, but I am sure if I get a job and leave him I will be able to pay rent and take care of myself.

"Last month, I told my mother of my decision to leave my husband and divorce him and she said I should stay with him. I really don't want to be stuck with my husband, who treats me like a child and shows me no respect. He is set in his ways and I don't think I should be living in that situation," she said.

You can file for a divorce, but certain requirements under the law will have to be met before doing so. The Matrimonial Causes Act states that the husband and wife will have to be living separate and apart for a continuous period of not less than 12 months immediately preceding the date of filing the petition for the dissolution of marriage.

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