Opinion: Onechtscheiding

POSTED: 10/20/11 1:56 PM

The government information page provides citizens with all kinds of useful information. This is how we learned for instance that Rogelio Raymond Carty and Loida Lara are no longer married. After almost eighteen years the couple called it quits and the Court in First Instance pronounced the divorce on August 15. This court ruling was published on the government information page on October19, some 66 days after the fact.

What’s the point of these announcements? And if there is a point, why does it take so long before they are published? One would almost suspect that announcing these unfortunate family-events is a way to announce to the community at large that there are two new players in the singles market.

We don’t know Rogelio and Loida, and we sure wish both of them all the best. We also would have liked their announcement to appear without mistakes, but this was, for reasons only known to the announcement’s author, not to be. On the contrary, the now former couple is at the center of rather hilarious blooper.

First of all, the government information page mentions the divorce twice in the same announcement. The second one contains the curious mistake: it states that the court pronounced the onechtscheiding between the partners.

The Dutch word echtscheiding means divorce. Echt means marriage, scheiding separation. But here we are suddenly confronted with an onechtscheiding, which might tempt some readers to think that the divorce is onecht, or unreal.

For Rogelio and Loida it probably won’t matter that much. They’ve had 66 days to get used to their new civil status and they won’t care about the blooper. For them, their onechtscheiding is a done deal.

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