There are many economic and political benefits resulting from creation of the European Union, but the unintended consequences also arise. Of one million marriages in EU nations last year about 140,000 were between individuals who lived in different countries. OK, getting married was not a problem, but what happens when they decide to split? It has become necessary for the European Union to introduce some guidelines as to in which of the two nations the petition for divorce will be filed. At present, couples rush to file their petition in their nation of origin on the expectation they will receive a favorable judgment. The race to judgment is creating chaos as couples use their nation as a weapon in the divorce.
The European Union will issue guidelines to assist local domestic courts determine the process of divorce. Ten of the 27 EU nations have agreed to abide by the guidelines and, hopefully, eventually all will concur. This should end divorce roulette.