Sweden moved to block European Union plans to stop divorcing couples from fighting over which EU cout that would legally settle their separation process. EU Justice Mnister Franco Frattini said it was “mainly Sweden opposing” the move out of concern that the laws of other nation would not provide the same protection to the most vulnerable partners in a divorce proceeding. Residents of the EU literally can shop around to find the most appropriate court for their divorce. Sweden expedites the process while other EU nations require a longer amount of time and Malta does not even allow a divorce. The Swedish government is particularly concerned over the rights of gay couples since many EU nations do not recognize such unions.
As people increasingly marry across EU boundaries it becomes more complex as to which nation has jurisdiction over a divorce or can an individual select from among the EU members in order to obtain the best setting for a divorce. Welcome to the world of marriage in the 21st century.