The bizarre reasons that cause couples to split
Published 31/08/2011 | 09:53
Infidelity may no longer be the main reason couples split but what does cause people to break up? Try Facebook, "divorce clustering" - or just blame the parrot.
According to one study, divorces between immediate friends bolsters chances of a person’s divorce by 75 percent. Coining the term “divorce clustering” the study claims that heated feelings from one divorce can leap to a friend’s marriage like a virus, with divorced friends making that grass seem greener than ever.
The pre-divorce party
Speaking of greener grass, Karen Elson and Jack White threw an unconventional pre-divorce party to celebrate the time they shared after six years of marriage. Guests were kindly requested not to bring ‘’plus ones or dead beats’’.
It’s no surprise that a website promoting ‘pokes’ and ‘likes’ has been involved in almost every divorce case in the past year, according to family lawyers. Some couples have even negotiated their status updates to announce the separation in the first place - in 2009, Emma Brady learnt of her divorce to husband Neil through a broken-hearted symbol on her newsfeed. Neil now lives with his mum.
Forget passionate encounters – one woman wasn’t even allowed a date with the telly. The woman from Pune, India successfully divorced her husband after he banned her from watching soap operas, according to a report by Mumbai’s Daily News and Analysis newspaper.
A Chinese woman launched divorce proceedings after the family’s pet parrot spilled the beans on her husband’s affair, according to the Xinmin Evening news. The couples feathered friend began repeating the words ‘divorce’, ‘I love you’ and ‘be patient’ after the woman returned from a month long visit to see her parents. According to the paper the woman took the bird to her local law office hoping it would testify against her cheating spouse.
The household chores
A German woman filed for divorce after 15 years with her husband, because he was too keen on household chores, tidying up and rearranging furniture. The final straw came when he knocked down and rebuilt a wall in their home because he believed it was grubby.
A husband in China left his wife because she wouldn’t stop baking cakes. The 31 year old was sick of being fed sugary treats after every meal, saying that since his marriage just the word ‘cake’ makes his stomach turn.
Dmitry Ryboloyley paid a high price for his wandering eye in 2010 – the mining magnate ranked as Russia’s 10th richest man was locked in a bitter divorce case when wife Elena accused her husband of serial infidelity and asked for a crisp £3.8 billion settlement.