On December 17 Circuit Judge Dale Cohen dissolved the marriage of a Vermont couple, now residing in Florida. The two were united in a 2002 civil union, but were unable to obtain a divorce in Florida for five years, since their relationship ended. It was questionable whether a Florida judge could issue a divorce, since the license was issued in Vermont. However Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi said she would not immediately stand in the way of the case, allowing Judge Cohen to proceed.
The woman who filed for divorce stated that it was the greatest “holiday gift” she could ever receive, and said it was “like an emotional weight being lifted off” off her shoulders. Curiously, her partner did not take part in the proceedings, as she had not been seen for several years, with a private detective also unable to locate her.