Marriage in the UK
Posted on 2nd December 2019
When you’re in your twenties, and sometimes thirties and forties, it can be a weird time when some of your friends are getting married and having children, whilst others are living at home and going out every weekend, having a few (or maybe more than a few) drinks.
As you get older, more and more of your friends are married, or married and then divorced (and even sometimes married and divorce again).
When you reach the later part of your life, maybe in your sixties or seventies, you may have one or two friends who have ‘been around the block’ more than a few times.
However, most people would not expect to be friends with someone who had been married eight times, with another marriage looming.
Britain’s most married man, Ron Sheppard, first got married at the age of 19, to Margaret, his first wife. Now, at the age of 71, he will be marrying his ninth (and, hopefully, his final) wife, Rose Hans, a 30-year-old American lady, who has just finished her nursing course in Ghana.
The pair have been dating online for a year, and although they haven’t met in person, Ron told the Sun Online that he knew Rose was the one. According to Ron, age is just a number, and his new wife-to-be is beautiful on both the inside and the out.
According to the mirror.co.uk, Ron’s longest marriage lasted 12 years, with the shortest being just 10 months. Talking about why his marriages ended, Ron explained that with each other “something has gone wrong”.
Rob believes himself and Rose are perfectly suited, believing that Rose will be a great companion, and that her being a nurse will help him in his old age.
Ron’s previous marriage fell apart after his wife, Weng, accused him of cheating on her, although he states that the relationship had broken down before this accusation was made.
Following this, he got engaged to his ninth bride-to-be, Cristel, although their relationship sadly ended when she was forced to leave the country after her visa expired.
Ron explains how the relationship with Cristel became too complicated, and he felt it was time to move on. He explains how Cristel’s loss, is a gain for his new wife, Rose.
In the UK, anybody who is British, over the age of 16, and not already married, can get married. If you’re under the age of 18, you will need permission from your parents or guardians before you can get married.
If one party to the marriage is a foreign national, they may need to apply for a visa to get married, depending on whether the couple intend to stay in the UK following their marriage.
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