Weird Divorce Laws

New Mexico And Mississippi
In cases of what’s called “alienation of affection” — when a third party is held responsible for the failure of a marriage — New Mexico and Mississippi give scorned spouses the right to sue their ex spouse’s lover for damages.

In Kentucky, it’s illegal to remarry the same person four times, so residents of the state would do well to think twice before taking a repeat trip down the aisle.

Wichita, Kansas
In Wichita, Kansas, it’s written into law that a man’s mistreatment of his mother-in-law can’t be used as grounds for divorce.

Marriage is no laughing matter for most people, but in Delaware, a couple can file to have their union annulled if they entered into it as a “jest” or “dare.”

England doesn’t have a no-fault divorce law, so about half of all divorcing couples are left scrambling to find a reason for citing “unreasonable behavior.” Some past causes for splits, according to a recent New York Times feature, include a woman who filed because her husband wanted her to dress up in a “Star Trek” Klingon costume and a man who said that he was simply fed up with his wife making tuna for dinner.

In Tennessee, claiming that your spouse made an attempt on your life “by poison or any other means showing malice” is grounds for divorce.



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