Four Divorce Laws Even an Attorney in Gallatin, TN Might Find Odd

September 14, 2013
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There are times when divorce can be quiet and amicable, and times when it can get nasty and costly. However, some cases can just be odd. Strange marital break-ups can happen in certain places that also happen to have some really strange divorce laws—the kind that can make many people shake their heads in disbelief or scratch their heads in wonder. According to The Huffington Post, these places are Mississippi and New Mexico, Kansas, Delaware, and Tennessee. Even an attorney in Gallatin, TN might find some of their legislation odd.

In Mississippi and New Mexico, there is a kind of lawsuit known as alienation of affection, where a spouse may sue a third party who is allegedly responsible for the breakup of a marriage. The interesting thing is that Mississippi and New Mexico still allow scorned individuals to sue their ex-spouses’ lovers for damages, although most states have done away with this kind of lawsuit.


If not because of third parties, some married couples also find themselves in rocky territory when it comes to having to deal with one spouse’s relatives. How well a man, for example, can get along with his mother-in-law, can affect his relationship with his wife. In extreme cases, such disagreements may lead to hurt feelings, or, at worst, a separation. However, in Kansas, there is a law that states a woman cannot use her husband’s mistreatment of her mother as grounds for divorce.

Meanwhile, while marriage is no joke for many people, over in Delaware, a couple can actually have their marriage annulled if they only tied the knot in response to a “dare” or as a “jest.” And finally, in Tennessee, there is a law that explicitly permits a person to divorce his or her spouse because the latter made an attempt on one’s life “by poison or any other means showing malice.”

Kenneth J. Phillips, a Gallatin criminal attorney experienced in handling divorce cases, says that only a person can tell if the things he or she discovers about his or her spouse, or experiences with them, is worth staying in a marriage for. Proving these unique reasons as grounds for divorce, however, is another matter.

There are surely other places with their own unique, if not odd, divorce laws. Depending on where one got married, the important thing is to seek an attorney if divorce appears to be inevitable—and hope it goes well.

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