June 23, 2009

Divorce wrangling over groomless wedding

A Florida couple are wrangling in the courts about a wedding that featured only the bride in attendance but still ended in a legal marriage.

Matthew Ditzel, 30, told an Osceola County court Heather Bowser, 31, had their marriage license notarized despite the fact that he was not in attendance at the May 24, 2008, ceremony, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday. Bowser, however, contends Ditzel agreed in advance to the proxy ceremony.

Court notes say her legal team has witnesses to state that Mr. Ditzel made (the) announcement that they were married, there is a celebratory dinner, announcements made about rings, and they consummated like bunnies.

Veronica Gonzalez, a friend of Bowser's, lost her state notary commission for falsely certifying that she married the couple and she was put on a year's probation after pleading guilty in April to false acknowledgment by a notary public, a misdemeanor.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Fleming denied Ditzel's request for an annulment and observers say the divorce is likely to go to trial, the Sentinel reported.