Divorce Lawyers Share The Most Outrageous Reasons Couples Split Up


I’ll never forget filing papers that described her soon to be ex husband’s behavior, including: “masturbates on the living room couch without closing the door and leaves sticky tissues everywhere” with further description of their 3 young children potentially walking in on him.—feistyfoodie


My 90 year old client (the husband) and his son retained me to initiate divorce proceedings with his 88 year old wife. They’d been married 60 years. The wife had recently taken to beating him with his own cane, because their daughter poisoned her into thinking he was hiding money from them. The battle came down to husband and son versus wife and daughter.

At their first court appearance, my client showed up in an old 1950s style pin stripe suit and fedora. He was a farmer his whole life, and this was clearly the only suit he owned. He was such a meek and lovely old gentleman.

I had to pass my client onto a new lawyer midway through the proceedings because I accepted a job in a different country, but I understand the divorce was eventually granted.—Horrified_Witness


I do my student practice at my family’s law firm. Young woman filed for a divorce because her husband drank ONE beer during weekdays after a day of work.

The guy wasn’t violent, doing drugs, or anything like that. He was just a normal, polite guy who liked to have a cold one after 10 hr shift. They are very good couple and argue so rarely that this woman’s friends told her to write down everything he did to upset her and re-read it every day, so she had reasons to be angry about.—thefammefatale


Failed exorcisms. Client had an inner ear condition that caused chronic vertigo, but symptoms could be treated with medication. Husband was an evangelical who was convinced his wife 1) had become possessed and that her vertigo and general crankiness with his methods were evidence of demonic possession, 2) the medications she was taking was enabling the devil to hide inside her, and 3) the only proper recourse was exorcism. He would hide her meds until she got dizzy and then try various methods of exorcism. This included:

Sweating it out (put under blankets while incapacitated and locked in a room full of space heater)

Freezing it out (pretty much the reverse with AC, fans, and bags of ice)

Surprising it out (he would jump out and scare her like it was the hiccups, but instead of yelling ‘Boo!’ he would recite the Lord’s Prayer or Psalms)

The final straw was that he tried to ‘surprise it out of her’ by pushing her down the stairs when they were heading out for dinner.—queequeg789


She was kidnapped in Mexico and he refused to pay ransom. Eventually her family managed to pay and she was left on the side of the road. It is not outrageous as in petty but outrageous as how absurd that is.

Edit to answer all the questions: I don’t know how much they wanted as ransom. But it was substantial as the conversation between her family and him was how he had it liquid and they had to liquidate investments to get that amount. She may have told me, she may not. Something in pesos and I didn’t know the conversion rate, it was all a random number to me.

This happened about 7 years ago.

He wasn’t with her on the trip. She was travelling with cousins and went downstairs alone to get ice cream and wait for them to get ready.

I do not know all the details. She was extremely distraught talking about it and it was not necessary to pry. It was clearly traumatic and even tough I had a million more questions I left it alone.—mennej