The end of a marriage is never easy, even if it’s what’s best for both people. While the most common reasons for divorce – cheating, money problems, the question of children – are familiar, there are some more unusual grounds for divorce in different countries, and even in the United States. Here’s a handful:
A third person intentionally tried to break up your marriage
In seven states in the US, you can sue a third party for interfering in your relationship and causing your marriage to end. To win any money, you would have to prove that this was the person’s intent, which might be tricky. Get a good lawyer!
The wife and in-laws don’t get along
In ancient China, specifically in the Song Dynasty, it was crucial that a man’s wife treats his parents well, even better than her own mother and father. If his parents weren’t pleased with the wife’s efforts, it was a legitimate reason to end the marriage.
You got married as a joke
In Delaware, if you get married as a joke or dare, you can use that explanation to get an annulment. While some might claim that this cheapens the sacredness of marriage, it’s probably a good thing that two (probably drunk) people who thought getting married would be hilarious are not forced to stay together.
The wife got false teeth without asking permission
In Vermont, a husband can divorce his wife if she got false teeth without asking him. We’re not sure how often this reason comes up in court.
Your spouse is trying to poison you
In Tennessee, it’s written that attempted murder “by poison or any other means showing malice” is a legit reason to get divorced. That obviously makes sense, but it’s so specific, it makes you wonder how often that was happening for that to be put down in the books.
“Unreasonable behavior” can include dressing up as a Klingon
In England, no-fault divorces aren’t a thing, so couples have to define “unreasonable behavior,” which is grounds for divorce. In one case, a woman said that her husband kept asking her to dress up as a Klingon.
The Toilet Paper Dispute
A couple couldn’t agree on whether the toilet paper should hang over or under the roll. Despite attempts to compromise, the ongoing argument about this seemingly trivial matter became a constant source of tension, leading them to file for divorce.
Extreme Sports Addiction
One partner’s obsession with extreme sports, such as skydiving, base jumping, and bungee jumping, caused strain in the relationship. The thrill-seeking spouse’s constant need for adrenaline rushes and the other partner’s fear for their safety eventually led to irreconcilable differences.
Pet Peeve Overload
Over time, a spouse’s small quirks and idiosyncrasies accumulated, causing immense annoyance to the other partner. From the way they chew food to their habit of leaving socks around the house, the constant irritation reached a breaking point, resulting in a divorce.
Misunderstandings caused by the use of emojis in digital communication became a significant source of conflict for a couple. They found it difficult to interpret the intended meaning behind emojis, leading to constant miscommunication and escalating arguments.
The “Cleanliness” Divide
The stark contrast in cleanliness standards between spouses created an insurmountable divide. One partner’s obsession with cleanliness and the other’s more relaxed approach led to constant frustration and resentment, ultimately leading to a divorce.
Social Media Envy
The rise of social media fueled envy and insecurity in a marriage. Constant comparisons to seemingly perfect lives showcased online, coupled with jealousy over likes, followers, and attention, eroded trust and contentment, resulting in the decision to divorce.
The Snoring Saga
A spouse’s persistent and loud snoring prevented the other from getting a good night’s sleep for years. Despite various attempts at remedies, the sleep deprivation and frustration became unbearable, leading to the dissolution of the marriage.
It’s important to note that divorce is a complex and personal decision, and what may seem strange or unusual to some may hold significant emotional weight and significance to others. Every relationship is unique, and the reasons behind divorce can vary greatly, and Yes, some are very unusual!