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Judge forces couple to split apartment down the middle

In Spain, a bad economy forces a divorcing couple to stay together.

By Kristin Wong Sep 16, 2013 6:17PM

Tough economic times have made it difficult for some couples to divorce. In Spain, the financial crisis has even made it difficult to separate, as evidenced by a recent case in which a judge ordered a feuding couple to split their apartment down the middle.

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"It is an extraordinary decision that could encourage other judges to seek similarly extreme solutions,” Josep Maria Torres, a lawyer in Barcelona, told the New York Times. “Spain’s economic crisis has changed everything.”

The 2,700-square-foot apartment belongs to the husband’s parents. A judge in Seville ordered the divorcing couple to turn the apartment into two independent units. The judge considered the couple’s finances as well as the fact that they have two daughters.

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Sound awkward? The judge argued that awkward is “the lesser of two evils in view of the economic situation presented by both parties.”

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Sep 17, 2013 10:00PM
if it belongs to the parents how the **** does the wife have any claim? i dont get this...
Sep 17, 2013 9:57PM
I was married twice and havent been on a date in 8 years, If I meet someone, Ok if not, O-well Im not going to make a fool of myself chasing a woman that doesnt want to be caught
Sep 17, 2013 9:52PM
Married once. Never again! I am enjoying being single! Come and go as I please! Today, there are too many wacko's out there!!!
Sep 17, 2013 9:50PM
Must have different laws in Spain regarding ownership of property. If the property belongs to the husband's parents, the wife has zero ownership and should be forced out! Of course, if the children are young, each should make sacrfices to accommodate their children...they are the innocent party.
Sep 17, 2013 9:47PM

Guys! Get yourself fixed, date but for Gods sake don't get married! It's not worth the hassle!

The court system in America isn't set up to help you, it's set up to screw you!

Sep 17, 2013 9:13PM
The same judge will be presiding over a murder trial before too long.
Sep 17, 2013 8:35PM

So does the couple live with his parents in this apartment? The article talks about the financial crisis in Spain, so maybe both are unemployed. It also doesn't say that they can't move out of it and find their own places, just that the judge isn't going to order either one to leave.


BTW, that apartment at 2700 sq ft is bigger than my whole 4 bedroom house.

Sep 17, 2013 7:55PM
I bet if the was no child support the ex wife will be asking for the kids full time.
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