Cheryl Cole's quickie marriage in Mustique means she’s bound to JB for a while...
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might have had a quickie marriage, but any hope of a quickie divorce looks out of the question. She and Jean-Bernard wed on Caribbean island Mustique after a whirlwind secret three-month relationship and filing for divorce there is no quick or easy process. Mustique is governed by Grenadine law, which says you aren’t allowed to file for divorce until you’ve been married for three years, except in cases of ‘exceptional hardship’.
Relive Cheryl and JB’s love story in pictures
Stephen Williams, a partner in St Vincent-based law firm Williams & Williams, says: ‘The only way of circumventing the three-year rule is if you can prove exceptional circumstances. The question, in that case, is what exactly constitutes “exceptional”. You’d have to argue some sort of abuse or perhaps, at a stretch, adultery. But if you’re talking about an amicable divorce then you have to wait until the three years are up and that’s that. It doesn’t matter if you’re the Queen herself – the law is the law.’
Cheryl, 32, we understand, is planning to change her name back to Tweedy but will have to wait a lot longer to officially ditch her marital name. She and Jean-Bernard reportedly tied the knot on Macaroni Beach in front of just four witnesses on
7 July 2014, meaning she won’t be able to start filing for divorce until July 2017. And it will be interesting to see what she cites as her reason for divorcing Jean-Bernard. Grenadine law outlines five points, of which
the couple have to prove at
least one: for example, ‘unreasonable behaviour’,
where the respondent behaved
in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected
to live with him or her.
Cheryl and JB, 35, rushed into their marriage without a prenup and while one of the attractive things about Mustique is that you only need to be there for 24 hours before they’ll let you get married, the downside is you’re not protected by British law. Our insider reveals: ‘In a nutshell, Cheryl’s found herself a bit stuck. There’s nothing she can do apart from waiting it out – and that makes it hard for her to move on.’