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Cardiff City football player divorced by wife

Craig Bellamy, a high profile striker for Cardiff City football team, has been divorced by his wife on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

According to a report on Wales Online, papers filed for a brief hearing at the Family Division of the High Court state that his 32 year-old wife Claire had been left “saddened and depressed” by Bellamy’s behaviour.

In his response, the 33 year-old player said he did not accept her claims but would not dispute the divorce and would cover her costs.

A decree nisi was approved, with the judge’s certificate stating:  “The marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the Respondent’s unreasonable behaviour.”

Bellamy and his wife had a couple since school and were married in 2006 at a ceremony attended by singer Rod Stewart, whom Bellamy had met while at Celtic Football Club.

Bellamy also plays for the Welsh national football team.

In September this year, Bellamy moved out the couple’s home near Cardiff. At the time he referred to his continuing distress at the sudden death in 2011 of Wales manager Gary Speed.

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  1. JamesB says:

    There is no defence to this malicious type of application, the law is ridiculous in that regard.

  2. JamesB says:

    It also raises the heat in divorce unecessarily.

  3. JamesB says:

    Or perhaps necessarily for lawyers fees.

  4. Marilyn Stowe says:

    Hi James
    Personally I would remove fault from divorce. I would far prefer couples look forward not back apportioning blame because there are always two sides to a story.

  5. JamesB says:

    Oh, I don’t know Marilyn, seems a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. I mean, by having divorce on demand then the marriage vows no longer matter then we are really talking about contract law and pre nuptial agreements anyway. So, yes, I think the law needs to be called for what it is, divorce on demand, no fault. Or they drop the UB petition. You come down on one side of that argument… Yes, me too I think. Out of the 2 of us.
    I have been divorced on UB where her petition was completely made up, saying things like I didn’t tell her how much I was paid, I can’t even remember the rest, oh yes, overdemanding of sex, etc. what a load of nonsense, I put a few facts down (such as her hitting me and moaning all the time) and got the costs, yet the fact proved was my unreasonableness on this (not for any other matter), despite her being the abuser and paying costs because of it, weird and wrong, needs changing, more so then gay marriage.
    I really am heartily sick of lobbying groups getting all the law when real issues like these get ignored. MPs need to wake up!

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