The Court in Malta has declared that a 26 year marriage is null, on the grounds of simulation.
The Judge found that the marriage was one of convenience. The wife had lost her husband and father in quick succession and was motivated to marry in an attempt to ease her financial worries. The husband was using marriage as a means of escape from his overbearing mother.
Under Maltese law, a marriage will be declared null if it can be proven that the consent of one or both parties was simulated, or partially simulated. In this case, the Judge found that there was total simulation of the marriage, which led to its subsequent nullity.
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Parties to marriage must not only be endowed with the capacity to give that consent, but the consent must freely be given, in full knowledge of what the marital bond requires