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A man has blamed his wife’s “deformed” breasts for the breakdown of their marriage, in a bid to reduce the amount he owes her in divorce proceedings.
The couple wed in 1972 and while the man told a Canberra court that he had been unhappy in his marriage since 1975 after discovering his wife's physical disfigurement, they went on to have three children together.
The man said he only stayed with his wife for the sake of their children but their marriage was “doomed” when he realised she had deceived him.
He claimed his wife avoided sex and used excuses not to get close to him "to avoid her disfigurement being discovered.
"I did not see her breasts, until late 1974 [when] I discovered [she] had a physical disfigurement," he wrote in an affadavit to the court.
"If I had seen them before I would not have married her.
"Our marriage was doomed. If she had not been pregnant I would have sought a divorce in 1975."
Though the husband claimed their marriage ended in 1999, the couple had slept in the same bed until 2006, used the same credit card until 2007 and even attended family events and went on holiday together up until 2011.
The judge said the woman's disfigurement was not a legal ground for divorce and ordered that the couple divide their assets evenly.