Lawyer Offers Assistance To “No” Couple Who Vowed To Divorce If SSM Legalised

Doomed to fail

Lawyer Offers Assistance To “No” Couple Who Vowed To Divorce If SSM Legalised SBS

A Sydney lawyer has offered pro-bono support to a Canberra couple who vowed to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalised.

Nick and Sarah Jensen, famously told media in 2015 if same-sex marriage came into law, they would get a divorce.

“My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary but later this year we may be getting a divorce,” Mr Jensen wrote in Canberra City News

“My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples.”

Now, with the results of the same-sex marriage postal vote showing a resounding “yes” response – the couple appear to be in a sticky situation.

Michael Tiyce, from Sydney family law firm Tiyce & Lawyers, told he wanted to help Canberra couple Nick and Sarah Jensen keep their promise to Australia, “because, quite simply, they are going to need it”.

He added:  “Jesus hated divorce, remember,” but wanted to help the deeply religious couple anyway.

He admitted divorce would be a challenge, as the Famiyl Law Act states the onl grounds for divorce is when the marriage broken down irretrievably. “That means that there is no reasonable chance that the parties will resume their marital relationship.”

The couple has admitted they wish to continue to live together and raise their children together after the divorce.

“The application may be doomed to failure but it is worth giving it a burl.”