Everyone has got into an argument with a significant other over a ridiculous reason. The final straw is often some long-sitting issue, though some couples look for any excuse to fight. Rarely does a married couple opt for divorce based solely on one argument or annoyance, but such a decision isn't out of the realm of possibility. According to a group of divorce lawyers who took to Reddit, some clients have cited some particularly outrageous reasons for ending their marriages.
From Redditor /u/queequeg789:
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 [were] enabling the Devil to hide inside her, and 3) the only proper recourse was to try various methods of exorcism. He would hide her meds until she got dizzy and then try various methods of exorcism. [These] 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.
Note: this guy was some type of executive, and they still went out to dinner after the stairs incident. She asked for the divorce at an Applebee’s that night. I have often tried to picture that conversation, as she was adamant that he was a total sweetheart and never acted out of malice or anger.
From Redditor /u/mennej:
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 [in] how absurd that is.
From Redditor /u/Aths:
One couple... returned six months [after their union] to "confirm" the wedding and end their trial marriage. When [they were] informed that there was no such thing and that they had been married for six months, they subsequently broke up.
From Redditor /u/DRAGONPUTZ:
Paralegal here. Still remember an early case I worked on - man divorced his wife for her Bingo [dependency]. 10 to 12 times per week, she went to bingo. She was 82, he was 86.