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Man, 99, Files for Divorce from 77-year Marriage

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on January 04, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A 99-year-old Italian man is filing for divorce from his wife of 77 years. The split started after the husband, Antonio C, discovered a secret cache of letters. His wife, 96-year-old Rosa C, had an affair in the 1940s.

Antonio confronted Rosa about the relationship. She confessed, but was unable to salvage their marriage.

Some might wonder why he'd end the marriage when he's so far into his golden years. Or if the fact that one spouse cheated on the other will impact their divorce.

In the states, there are "no-fault divorces" and "fault divorces."

In fault divorces, a spouse that requests the split must show grounds for the divorce based on some fault of the other spouse. Faults can include adultery, abandonment, imprisonment, impotency, or general cruelty.

Fault divorces aren't recognized in many states. No-fault divorces, however, are recognized in all.

In a no-fault divorce, the filing spouse does not need to demonstrate the split is the result of any fault. They simply need to give a state-honored reason for the divorce. A common reason: "irreconcilable differences." Some states require that spouses filing for no-fault divorce live separately for a set period of time.

But all of this is under U.S. law. Rosa and Antonio will be applying Italian law in their divorce.

Their split might get a little messy. The couple has five children, a dozen grandchildren, and a great-grand child, reports The Telegraph.

The Italian man who filed for divorce might have also set a new record. Rosa and Antonio are likely the world's oldest divorcing couple. The discovery of the 1940s affair wasn't the only issue in the marriage. The couple previously lived apart after running into marital problems. It seems the infidelity was just the final straw.

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