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(poor) in front of divorce pursuant's name

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Stacey Report 29 Oct 2019 10:27

Hi, I've been given copies of the divorce papers for my great grandmother from her first husband in Scotland in 1919. He pursued the divorce on the grounds of her infidelity and before any mention of his name is (poor). Any idea why that would be?


Rambling Report 29 Oct 2019 11:46

Divorce was expensive and out of the financial reach of many so I might assume he was expected to pay less or possibly nothing towards the cost as it was noted he was "poor".


ArgyllGran Report 29 Oct 2019 15:56

"Scottish divorces were cheaper than English ones, and were certainly not confined to the higher classes. Very poor people could claim financial help from the Poor Law authorities if they had a good case against their spouses. In the 1890s, it was said, a Scottish divorce could cost as little as £12. "


Stacey Report 30 Oct 2019 12:09

Ok, thank you. It’s before any mention of him so it was quite puzzling.