Nobody goes into a marriage wanting a divorce, but sometimes things happen. Sometimes really strange things happen, like accidentally divorcing your wife in her sleeping or getting into a marriage ruining argument over a ham sandwich. These divorce laws make it totally possible for you ridiculous things to go down when it comes to breaking it off.
You Can Get Divorced If Your Husband Hates Frozen
Irreconcilable differences are certainly grounds for a perfectly valid divorce, even if those “differences” may be your taste in movies. Yup, it’s totally legal to divorce someone because they don’t share the same love for your favorite animated film.
The Huffington Post reports thatone couple’s divorce was sparked when the husband just didn’t think Frozen was all that great. According to the husband, the wife said, “If you can’t understand what makes this movie great, there’s something wrong with you.” So, she decided to let their marriage go. Let it go, girl! Let it go. She moved out and refused to communicate with him unless it was through the family.
You Can Literally Split Your Assets (Yes, All of Them)
When a couple plans to get divorced, they’ve got to split all their assets. This goes for sorting out who gets which records and DVDs to who gets to keep the house. One Cambodian couple decided to take this divorce law quite seriously when they literally split their house in half.
After 18 years of marriage, Meon, who lived in the rural village of Phnom Pehn had enough. He suspected for years that his wife was cheating on him with a local cop. Meon and his sawed the house in half and carried his share away.
A Judge May Order You to Build a Wall
Usually, when a couple is divorcing, one keeps the house and one buys them out of their share – unless, of course, a judge invents a more creative solution. No, this time no one cut their home in half, but rather they built a wall.
In something that seems right out of a 1980s sitcom, one divorcing couple literally drew a line in their home that the other could not cross. Because neither couple would move out of their home after 20 years of marriage, a judge ordered Chana Taub and Simon Taub to build a wall separating their home into two halves. Simon got the living room on the first floor and the dining room on the second floor and Chana got the top floor and the kitchen on the second floor.
You Can Remarry the Same Person up to Four Times
In certain states, you are allowed to divorce and remarry the same partner up to four times. After which, some states (like Kentucky), cut you off from the drama (some people desperately don’t need to be enabled).
Even some stars aren’t immune to the madness. Pamela Anderson remarried her ex-husband Rick Salomon in 2014, she then asked for a divorce that same year. Because Anderson couldn’t make up her mind, she asked the judge to throw out her divorce case. She then filed for divorce a third time in 2015. Listen, Pam, there’s a reason it didn’t work out the first time.
In Certain States, Gay People Cannot Divorce
Gay marriage may be legal in all states, but if it doesn’t work out, you may be stuck in a loveless, tumultuous marriage. In certain states like Texas, Indiana, and Rhode Island, gay couples are not allowed to divorce.
Unfortunately, this was the case for Chris Strickland, a Mississippi lesbian who had a child after her spouse underwent in vitro fertilization. Since Mississippi didn’t recognize the marriage as being legal, the hospital only allowed the birth mother’s name on the birth certificate. When the couple decided they wanted a divorce, the custody battle was nearly impossible because the state would not allow them to legally divorce nor would they recognize Strickland as a legal parent.
You Can go to Jail if You Mess With Your Husband’s Video Games
Everyone knows murder is totally illegal, but did you know murdering someone in a video game could also hold some serious consequences. One Japanese woman is facing five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for killing her husband’s video game character in a role-playing game called Maple Story.
A 43-year-old piano teacher was less than thrilled to find out her husband was divorcing her. To get some revenge she used illegal software to hack into his Maple Story account and destroy the character he worked on for over a year. Apparently, in Japan, this is a major crime.
Seriously, You Can Get Divorced for What Happens in a Video Game
Amy Taylor’s marriage was shaken when she found her husband cuddling a woman in their apartment. She had already caught him having a fling with a prostitute, and this was the last straw. The thing is, none of this actually happened in real life. It happened in Second Life, virtual reality game.
David Pollard was unhappy with his marriage anyway (of course, since he virtually cheated). According to the jilted husband, Taylor ignored him to play hours of World of Warcraft and skipped out on their Second Life dinner dates. Apparently, this was enough for a judge to grant them a divorce.
Death Doesn’t Always Mean You Part Ways
It’s true, a marriage is no longer legally valid once one party dies. Surely, you can’t actually divorce someone to remarry if they’re no longer living. One couple took this to the extreme and found a legal loophole to get their divorce.
In 2007 Karen Finnegan tried to divorce her husband of 26 years, Joe Finnegan. His defense was simple: their marriage was dissolved three years ago when he died per Connecticut law. That’s right: Joe claimed his heart stopped in 2004, and he was considered legally dead. Apparently, to Joe, that was enough to annul the legally binding clause “Till Death Do Us Part.” Joe claimed he not only died once but three separate times. Unfortunately for Joe, the case was dismissed because he didn’t remain dead.
You Can Get a Divorce if You Cheat on Each Other With Each Other
Cheating is absolutely grounds for divorce, but what this couple didn’t know was that they were cheating on each other with each other. Bakr and Sanaa Melhem were both unhappy in their marriage, so they signed up for porn-related chat rooms. They were looking for someone new, and each had met someone online they thought could be the one. After exchanging future plans (including marriage) the pair decided to finally meet in public. Unfortunately, upon meeting they discovered that the person they were trying to run away with was their spouse.
Though this tale seems like a plot to a Rom-Com, it didn’t have a happy ending. The couple later divorced (hey, emotional cheating is still cheating, even if it’s with your wife).
You Can Get Divorced in Your Sleep
According to Islamic law, all a husband has to do to legally get divorced is say the word “Talaq” three times. Unfortunately, this counts even if you’re not conscious. In 2006, Akhtar, a Muslim man from West Bengal, said the word “Talaq” three times in his sleep.
The couple wanted to let the whole thing go (clearly, they didn’t want to be divorced), but Akhtar consulted local clerics and was told that he and his wife Sobena were divorced as soon as he uttered the words. If they wanted to be married, they would have to remarry. If only divorce was that easy in the States.
A Parrot Can Testify in Divorce Court
Apparently, in Argentina, it’s totally legal to get your talking parrot to testify in court (even though, we’re not totally sure how they’d be able to be under oath). Rosella DeGambos used her parrot Bozo to testify against her husband to prove that he was unfaithful.
DeGambos knew something was up when the parrot started using new words and giggling in a high-pitched feminine voice. The parrot kept saying “No Carlos, not here” and other flirty phrases. During the trial, Bozo was shown a photo of a 23-year-old beautician named Ruby, who was allegedly Carlos’ mistress. The bird started saying “Honeybun, I love you.” When asked “Who loves Carlos?” Bozo replied, “Ruby loves Carlos, Ruby loves her baby.” That was apparently enough for the judge to grant Mrs. DeGambos her divorce.
You Can Get Divorced Over Peas (Yes, the Veggie)
Apparently in Kuwait, being fed up with improper table manners is totally a valid grounds for divorce. As Al Arabiya News reports, a Kuwaiti woman filed for divorce based on the grounds that her husband uses bread to scoop up peas rather than politely using a fork. She believed his method of eating peas was “shocking sight” and the final straw in their marriage.
In Kuwait, a failure to accept the other person’s preferences is totally valid grounds for divorce and one of the main reasons people get divorced in that country. Apparently, nothing is too petty when it comes to splitting up two peas in a pod.
You Can Get Divorced over Tuna Casserole
England has a fault-based divorce system which was highlighted in The New York Times. This means someone has to be at fault for the divorce. You can’t just amicably separate. If you’re forced to prove fault when the little, meaningless things about your spouse are the reasons you want out, you may have to cite some pretty darn petty things to get out of your marriage.
According to The New Times, this caused one man to divorce his wife on the grounds that she “maliciously” kept serving him his least favorite meal – tuna casserole. We get that tuna casserole is an acquired taste, but divorce is supposed to be for better and for worse, and your wife’s bad cooking definitely qualifies as worse.
Throwing Away Cold Cuts Is Legal Grounds for Divorce
We get that you like a good turkey sandwich, but is it really worth a divorce? In England, divorces are granted only under one of five categories including adultery and abandonment. Half of the divorces fall under the category called “unreasonable behavior.” A person has to prove that another’s actions are so heinous that living with them is completely intolerable.
Susan and Douglas Rae were granted a divorce on the grounds that she threw out his cold cuts and he did not respect the fact that she was repulsed by “intensely farmed meat.” Basically, she thought his cold cuts were gross, so she threw them out, and he used that as a reason to ditch their marriage. We imagine Rae is celebrating his divorce with a $5 foot long somewhere.
If Your Spouse Lies about Her Age, You Can Legally Divorce Her
Lies are obviously valid grounds for a divorce – but even white lies can cause a judge to deem your marriage legally over.
A woman named Lou from Shanglin County, China said a little white lie to her husband that most of us wouldn’t think twice about. Before the couple got married, she told Cen, her husband-to-be, that she was 24 years old. In actuality, Lou was 30. After 10 years of marriage, Cen finally found out her lie and filed for divorce. The Chinese courts granted his wish on the grounds that he was totally duped (despite the fact that it’s hardly uncommon for a woman to lie about her age).
You Can Divorce to Get Medicaid
You may still be in love, but sometimes getting a divorce just makes sense. Some impoverished seniors have been getting divorces to allow them to collect Medicaid for nursing home expenses.
In order to get Medicaid to pay for expensive treatment and care for a sick spouse, a healthy spouse must make less than $1,862 per month in 48 states. Couples must not have more than $3,000 in assets (this includes cars, property and savings accounts). This has led many couples who are working well into their senior years to divorce each other so the sick spouse can reap Medicaid benefits. The legality of this varies in different states and does affect your Social Security retirement income if you’ve been married less than 10 years and the person who is unwell made more money.
You Can Divorce Your Wife If She Snores
It should be a relief to tired couples everywhere that snoring is a totally valid reason for divorce. In 1997, an Iranian man successfully divorced his wife after he discovered that he couldn’t sleep because of her snoring. In a more heinous turn of events, he discovered that his bride-to-be drugged him with sleeping pills so he never noticed that she snored.
We don’t want to say that maybe this guy rushed into things with his wife, but they did marry after just 40 days of dating and she was drugging him at dinner for all 40 of those days. He only found out about his wife’s little secret because he skipped dinner one night.
You Can Definitely Divorce Your Wife If She Brings Home 550 Cats
Being a crazy cat lady is absolutely grounds for a legal divorce in southern Israel (and probably anywhere else). One man was absolutely shocked when his wife brought home 550 cats. According to The Times of Israel, the man claims that hundreds of cats hindered his home life. They blocked the entrance to the bathroom, swarmed the kitchen, stole food off the table, and covered his bed so he couldn’t sleep. His wife was unwilling to get rid of the cats – basically, she chose the cats over her husband – and the court granted the pair a divorce.
You Can Win a Divorce in an Online Contest
No one said divorces were easy, but it’s definitely easier if you win a divorce in a contest. Hayley Wakenshaw from Newcastle won a divorce from MartialAffair.co.uk’s Win a Divorce competition. The contest was entered by nearly 200 members of the married British public. Once she won the contest, which granted her £1,800 towards the legal fees of her divorce, she was able to dissolve her marriage of four years. This is a super unconventional way to split from your husband, but hey, it worked. Wakenshaw has since moved back to her hometown near Amsterdam after living with her now ex-husband for 16 years.
You Can’t Divorce in Protest
An activist couple, Nick and Sarah Jensen wanted to divorce on the grounds of protest. The couple decided that if same-sex marriage was legalized in their home country of Australia, they end their own marriage in protest. Unfortunately for them, Australia has a law that prevents people from divorcing if they plan to continue to cohabitate.
The Jensens wanted to legally divorce, but not actually separate. In an interview Nick explained “…the problem is that a judge would not grant us a State divorce because we would have to show our marriage is irreconcilably broken and be separated for a year…” Their only option to get a legal divorce was to lie about their situation, which their attorney encouraged, but they were unwilling to do.