Thu, May 02, 2002 - Page 2 News List

78-year-old man allowed to divorce his `annoying' wife

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The 78-year-old Wang Tse-sheng (王澤聲) yesterday became the oldest person in Taiwan's history to be granted a divorce, after a court ruled that his wife was indeed "too annoying."

Wang filed a civil suit with the Taipei District Court (台北地方法院) seeking to divorce his 60-year-old wife Wang Chen Tsai-ling (王陳彩玲) last year. Wang said in the claim that his wife "is too annoying and that he doesn't want to live with that any longer."

Judge Lai Chien-yi (賴劍毅) approved his request on Aug. 15 last year. However, Wang Chen Tsai-ling appealed to the Taiwan High Court (台灣高等法院) to reverse the decision, saying she didn't want to divorce her husband.

"I still love him," she said.

Taiwan High Court Judge Lin Hsiang-cheng (林鄉誠), however, rejected Wang Chen Tsai-ling's appeal on Apr. 23 this year.

"Loving and trusting each other should be the basis for a marriage. However, the court finds neither of those requirements satisfactorily fulfilled between Wang and his wife," Lin said in the verdict.

Wang Chen may appeal to the Supreme Court within 20 days after the verdict. The clock began ticking yesterday.

According to Wang's civil claim, he and his wife were married March 27, 1991. It was Wang's fourth marriage and his wife's second, and the couple spent a few happy years together.

For the past few years, however, Wang claims his wife began to argue with him, humiliate him and even curse over minor matters. He also said, according to court documents, that she has a habit of mumbling incomprehensively.

Wang said he filed the divorce request after deciding that he couldn't stand it any more.

He moved out and separated from his wife two years ago. His wife then accused him of having an affair.

"I suffer from seizures due to high blood pressure," Wang said. "Her annoying behavior was worsening my illness."

At pre-trial hearings, Wang presented two cassettes which contained phone conversations between he and his wife as evidence that he was "humiliated" and "harassed" by her.

Judge Lin also summoned their children as witnesses.

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