Our nation has come a long way in terms of its
divorce laws, but there are some statutes now considered odd and antiquated, but
are still on the books. Here’s a list of five divorce laws you may
not have known existed.
1. Alienation of Affection Laws
If you live in New Mexico or Mississippi, there is a clause called “alienation
of affection” that allows the wronged spouse (usually the one who
was served divorce papers, was cheated on, or otherwise scorned) to sue
their ex-spouse for money. They might even be allowed to sue their ex-spouse’s partner.
2. Third Time’s a Charm, but Don’t Go for Four
It may be rare, but it happens. Spouses who divorce can decide to get remarried.
Sometimes this even happens twice. Spouses who are feeling particularly
indecisive in Kentucky can get divorced and remarried up to three times,
but it is illegal to remarry the same person a fourth time.
3. You Can Be Mean to Your Mother-In-Law
It might not be the best idea to shun your mother-in-law, but at least
in the city of Wichita, Kansas, mistreatment of a mother-in-law cannot
be used as a grounds for divorce. In most states like California, divorce
is no-fault, meaning you do not have to have a reason for getting divorced
other than irreconcilable differences.
4. I Dare You
Marriage is a big commitment, one that affects nearly every area of your
life. However, if you were feeling particularly adventurous and you got
married on a dare or as a joke, this could be legal grounds to get your
union annulled in the state of Delaware.
5. Breaking the Law
In the country of Malta, it is illegal to get divorced. “Till death
do us part” has never been so literal. Malta is a county controlled
by the Vatican, and as such, it must enforce the Vatican’s (and
hence the Catholic Church’s) views on marriage and divorce.
These laws are undoubtedly outlandish, and more for entertainment than
information. So if you are looking to get divorced in or near San Bernardino,
contact James D. Madden, Attorney at Law!