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Daughter reunites couple after 30 years

A feel good story for Xmas!

A Bolton couple have been reunited by their daughter and are remarrying over 30 years after their divorce.

Bev Worsnop and Robert Worthington were childhood sweethearts when they were first married in 1975. The couple divorced after five years but have been reunited by their daughter Kelly, 32.

Kelly had grown up living with her mother but decided to get back in touch with her father just under two years ago. This led to the couple rekindling their relationship after a gap of more than three decades.

Ms Worsnop said:

“We had a 30-year gap during which I remarried and then separated again. But Kelly got me and Robert back together.”

Ms Worsnop also explained that she and Mr Worthington were not ready for marriage the first time around:

“I was only 16 and was pregnant, but we both felt we had been too young to get married. We wanted some freedom.”

Ms Worsnop and Mr Worthington are remarrying at Bolton Register Office where they were first wed, before a repeat of their 1976 honeymoon in Blackpool.

Given the added pressure of pregnancy there can be no doubt this young couple had it tougher than most. Statistically, couples under 30 are more likely to divorce but is that such a big surprise?

Getting married, especially having a baby so soon puts huge pressures on a couple that they are unprepared for and without sufficient support and backup a divorce can often result. It seems as though when they did split, it could well have been acrimonious if the child grew up with her mother and lost touch with her father.

Immature too as they both admit, knowing little of the world, I reckon people change more dramatically in their 20’s than at any other time of their life. I certainly did and the man I was madly in love with at 18 years old was not the man I ultimately married. Yet I was convinced for months afterwards that he was right for me. Had I married him there is no doubt in my mind that I too would have added to the statistics of the divorcing couples.

It looks as though this couple have found again everything that attracted to them to each the first time round, and good luck to them. This time however they won’t have all the pressures a young married couple have to put up with. There won’t be a tiny but incredibly demanding baby, there won’t be a couple striving to get to know each other whilst wondering  all the time whether the grass is greener on the other side.

This couple are living examples of that old adage – The Grass is NOT Greener on the other side!

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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