Lightening marriage over in a flash

Updated: 2013-10-29 15:46


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A woman who married a man she had known for 14 days has had their two-day partnership annulled by the court after the man skipped town, Chongqing Evening News reported Tuesday.

The report said 30-year-old Chen Li (not real name), who was studying in Chongqing municipality for a master degree, first met the man who later became her husband, Zhang Jun (not real name), 36, on Feb 8.

Zhang, then using his private car as a taxi, picked up Chen on her way to a train station. The two had a pleasant chat on the way. Chen left her phone numbers after they arrived at the train station and separated.

Zhang later invited Chen to travel together with him to Chongqing, and proposed to her during the tour. On Feb 22, they obtained their marriage license.

After tying the knot they lived in a local hotel for two days, until Zhang said he had to leave immediately to go to the construction site he worked at in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and then left. Chen has since lost contact with him.

Chen later lodged a lawsuit to a local court for divorce. Zhang was reached by the court, but he said he refused to divorce unless his new wife could pay off his debts to the construction site. The court granted their divorce without imposing any financial obligations for the female.

The court said it gave the verdict as the couple in the lightning marriage had not evolved into a mature and stable marital relationship, had no shared assets or children involved in the case.