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Archive for February, 2011

American Business Man Kills Wife Following Facebook Affair

According to the Daily Mail, Harold Landry, age 68, an American, has killed her after finding out about an affair that began over Facebook. The victim, 38 year old Lucy Landry, a British citizen, was attacked and stabbed 23 times. Lucy was found a few yards outside the couple’s home in a neighbor’s hedges, where the neighbor had discovered her with the knife still in her side. Mr. Landry noted in court that his wife had been spending the night with her boyfriend whenever Harold had been away. Harold and Lucy met several years ago on the internet and in 2002, they married. By August 2009, their marriage was on the rocks and Lucy began an affair with an old school friend. Following the beginning of the affair, she began the process to divorce. Suffering from prostate cancer, Mr. Landry had removed Lucy from his will to prevent her and her new boyfriend from benefiting financially. Mr. Landry also began having his own affair. The neighbor who had found Lucy noted that the couple argued frequently. The night of Lucy’s death, he received a note stating that a package had been delivered for him and was left with at the…
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Supreme Court Should Hear Same-Sex Divorce Case, Say Wyoming Legislators

According to The Billings Gazette, Lusk, Wyoming couple Paula Christiansen and Victoria Lee Christiansen were married in Canada in 2006. Now, the couple wants a divorce but the Supreme Court in the state of Wyoming seems to be ignoring their request. House Speaker Ed Buchanan and twelve additional state legislators wish to file a “friend of the court” brief regarding the same-sex divorce case. Wyoming laws are somewhat contradictory: the Wyoming statue declares marriage as a legal contract between a man and a woman, while state law does recognize any marriages that were entered into outside of Wyoming. According to Buchanan, correcting the inconsistent statutes and creating a clear definition of marriage have been put off for years by the state Legislature. Adding, he “knew the day would come” when the inconsistencies would be challenged. Chairman of Wyoming Equality, Joe Corrigan, wonders “how civilized people end contracts if they’re denied use of the courts and left in limbo.” Meanwhile, executive direction of the Equality State Policy Center, Dan Neal, states that it is a “sad day when the legislators feel they can get involved in somebody else’s divorce case.” A local attorney noted that no one is preventing the Christiansens…
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Study Finds Recession Affects Marriages in America

According to the Washington Post, University of Virginia researchers are finding that Americans that do not have a college degree have suffered the most during the recent recession, especially when it came to their marriages. The university’s Survey of Marital Generosity is a part of their National Marriage Project which surveyed 1,197 married Americans. It found that 29 percent of married couples had financial stress through 2007 and into 2009. When comparing married couples with degrees to those without; the survey found that those without suffered a minimum of one type of economic hardship. Uneducated couples were also prone to a higher chance of divorce than their college-educated counterparts. However, the survey also found that approximately one-third of married couples felt that the recession caused them to become more committed to their marriage. In fact, 38 percent of couples who had been considering divorce just prior to the recession had put divorce on hold. Additional outside data supports this information, as divorce rates fell during the recession. Researchers theorized that this drop is likely due to couples being unable to afford the costs of divorce due to the economic downturn. Speaking for the Council on Contemporary Families, the director of…
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Grant Parish Sheriff Named in Divorce Petition

According to the Town Talk of Grant Parish, Sheriff Baxter Welch, a retired state trooper, was named in a divorce petition that alleges he had an affair with a female deputy. David Brian Elias filed for divorce from Heather Denine Tyler Elias, who is a chief civil deputy for the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has employed Heather Elias for six years. In his petition, Elias claims his wife committed adultery with Baxter Welch. Welch announced he is running for re-election this fall and is facing competition from a former sheriff’s deputy. Welch is surely not appreciating any bad publicity that could stop him from keeping his seat. Elias subpoenaed Centennial Wireless records of phone calls and text messages to and from Heather Elias’ cell phone. He claims he discovered lewd text messages to and from Welch through the records. In his filing, Elias claims he expected morals and ethics from a person in the Sheriff’s position and that the people of their parish need to know how Welch devastated Elias’ family. Elias claims his wife told him the affair is over but she has moved out of the couple’s recently built home. Welch refused to comment about…
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