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Zgrrl Donating Member (76 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 07:59 PM
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Judge won't let woman divorce while she's pregnant (WA State)
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Judge wont let woman divorce while shes pregnant

The Associated Press

SPOKANE A Spokane woman trying to divorce her estranged husband two years after he was jailed for beating her has been told by a judge she cant get out of the marriage while shes pregnant.

The case pits a first-year attorney who argues that state law allows any couple to divorce if neither spouse chal-lenges it against a longtime family law judge who asserts that the rights of the unborn child in this type of case trump a womans right to divorce.

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In comments submitted to Bastine, Hughes said: If this court vacates my divorce and requires me to stay married to a man I have no desire ever to have a relationship with and who has brought significant physical harm to me over the years, I would be emotionally devastated. If the court vacates my divorce and stays it until the birth of my child, it will prevent me from marrying the father of my child prior to her birth.

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