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Act on the Matrimonial Parting of Ways of Year 14

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Law of Stormark
Act of the Althing

AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF, WITHDRAWAL FROM, AND EXPIRATION OF, VALID MARRIAGES WHICH ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE MOST HONOURABLE JARLS IN THE ALTHING ASSEMBLED; AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR MATTERS CONNECTED TO THE AFORESAID.

Most Gracious Sovereign Lord and Ruler of all the Lands Whatsoever Where Man Can Smell the Scent of Saline Waters or Hear the Sound of Crashing Waves,

WHEREAS it recently has become a concern widely felt in the Lands of the Longships Throne that the various forms of marriage recognized by the aforesaid Realm of Joy, as decreed by ancient custom, to wit: Sacred Marriage, Simple Marriage, Complex Marriage, Pillow Marriage, Ritual Marriage, and Polygamous Marriage, have not been provided yet with a statutory manner to dissolve or otherwise end those marriages;

AND WHEREAS we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty's Most Faithful Jarls in the Althing assembled, have most solemnly endeavoured to exercise our Supreme Legislative Authority to, for the benefit of Storish Society as a whole, address the deficiencies, lacks, and other issues concerning divorce in the High Realm by making statutory provision for those dismal, unjoyous, and tragic matters aforesaid;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal Patricians, the Most Honourable Jarls of the High Realm in the Althing assembled, have freely and voluntarily resolved to create and establish this Statute concerning the termination of marriages by this Act of ours and through the provisions of the Act aforesaid make provision concerning the dissolution of, withdrawal from, and expiration of the bond(s) of marriage as well as several matters ancillary to aforesaid, and we do most humbly beseech Your Imperial Valtian Viking Majesty that You may be graciously pleased to assent to and confirm as Law the following decision of Your Most Faithful Althingi Jarls:

Article 1. Non-Application of Act to Certain Marriages

This Act shall not apply to any dissolution of a Simple Marriage which involves a member of the Imperial Branch of the House of the Descendants of Freyja as well as any Sacred Marriage.

Article 2. Power of the Court of the Realm

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that the Court of the Realm shall have the power to dissolve any bond of marriage to which this Act applies It shall grant a dissolution of marriage upon request of one of the spouses when satisfied that such provision as the Law Courts considers proper having regard to the circumstances exists or will be made for the spouses as well as any children of either or all of them.

Article 3. Power of Solemnizer

As decreed by ancient custom, the secular official or cleric, who lawfully solemnized a marriage under Storish Law shall have, in the event of an amicable matrimonial parting of ways, upon request of all the spouses involved, the power to dissolve any matrimonial bond of any marriage to which this Act applies which (s)he personally performed. The same shall apply to any cleric of the institute of faith aforesaid cleric belongs to or zir replacement or successor.

Article 4. Instrument of Divorce

The Court of the Realm shall exercise its power to grant a dissolution of marriage by Court Decree. The solemnizer of a marriage granting a dissolution of marriage under Article 3 of this Act shall exercise that power by Writ of Divorce. It shall be required, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, that a Writ of Divorce shall also be signed by all the spouses involved to acquire validity under the Law of the Land.

Article 5. Signees in Case of Complex Marriage

As it would in the case of one or more individuals amically leaving a Complex Marriage be quite impractical to have a Writ of Divorce signed by all the spouses involved, the signature of the Lady Mortal of the Household or the Head Mortal of a Complex Marriage Community as well as the signature(s) of the withdrawing spouse(s) shall, as decreed by ancient custom, be sufficient for such Instrument of Divorce to acquire validity.

Article 6. Notification of Writs of Divorce

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that it shall be the duty of any solemnizer who issued a Writ of Divorce under Article 3 of this Act to notify the aforesaid Writ of Divorce within a week after its issuance, as is since times ancient beyond the memory of woman also the case with matrimonial contracts, to the Þjóðskrá Stórmerkur, the National General Register of the High Realm of Stormark.

Article 7. Commencement of Instrument of Divorce

A dissolution of a marriage bond shall, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, take effect on the day on which the Instrument of Divorce provided for by Article 4 of this Act regarding such dissolution is issued by the competent authority.

Article 8. Expiration of Pillow and Ritual Marriages

A Pillow Marriage shall expire, in accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, after the passage of one year and a day of the Asgard Calendar, unless agreed otherwise by the prospective spouses prior to their nuptial rites. Likewise, shall a Ritual Marriage, as decreed by ancient custom, expire immediately after the ritual wherefore such marriage was entered into, unless agreed otherwise by the prospective spouses prior to their wedding.

Article 9. Matrimonial Contracts and Household and Community Rules

A Matrimonial Contract as well the Rules of a Household or a Complex Marriage Community, Udally known since times ancient beyond the memory of woman as the Heimilisfólkslög, may provide for a period of negotiation and attempts at reconciliation not exceeding a year and a day of the Asgard Calendar. Aforesaid period shall commence immediately after a spouse has informed the other spouse the other spouse(s) of zir intention to seek a dissolution of the bond(s) of marriage. Any provision of a Matrimonial Contract or a Heimilisfólkslög prohibiting or impeding a spouse to seek a dissolution of the bond(s) of marriage on zir own accord shall be null and void.

Article 10. Waiver

The Court of the Realm may waive, upon request of the spouse seeking a dissolution of the bond(s) of marriage, the period of negotiation and attempts at reconciliation mentioned in Article 9 of this Act in the event that the Court aforesaid is satisfied that such spouse was at any time subsequent to the solemnization of the marriage treated with physical or mental cruelty of such a kind by the other spouse(s) as to render intolerable such discourses concerning reaching an agreement and pursuits of conciliation.

Article 11. Power to Make Rules and Regulations

The High King in the High Council of the Realm may make all the rules and regulations He may deem necessary or expedient to carry the purposes and provisions of this Act into effect.

Article 12. Short Title and Commencement

This Act may be cited as the Act on the Matrimonial Parting of Ways of Year 14 and shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

 

In consequence of Us looking with favour upon the decision of the Althing of that Day of the Lord Odin, which is known to Us, Our Well-Beloved Royals, Nobles, Knights and Thegns, and all Our other Well-Beloved Patricians and Citizens whatsoever as the Thirty-First Day of the Month Himinbjorg in the Fourteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our High Realm that the Law Speaker of the said Althing has most graciously laid before Us, We have assented to and confirmed, as We hereby do assent to and do confirm the same as Law under Our Hand and the Great Seal of Our High Realm.


So be it!!

Given at the Court of the Three Ladies Divine, since time immemorial situated at the Vanadísarhall on the holy island in the sacred river Fulltrui Flow known as Hnossa Isle which is seated within the bounds of the Imperial City of Haraldsborg in Our Jarldom of Gularike, on this Day of the Lord Odin, the Thirty-First Day of the Month Himinbjorg in the Fourteenth Year of the Second Viking Age in the Second Epoch of Our High Realm.

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Haraldur Freyjugjöf af Ættingjunum Freyju, Yfirkonungur Stórmerkur

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