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Divorce Lawyers Share The “Most Outrageous” Reasons People Have Asked For A Divorce (15 Posts)

Divorce is never an easy process, but most divorces happen for fairly ordinary reasons. And then there are the bizarre divorce cases, the ones that lawyers can’t even believe are real.

On Reddit, lawyers are sharing the most outrageous reasons that someone filed for divorce—and some are truly bizarre. From goat porn to an obsession with trains to stealing a french fry, here are fifteen reasons why a marriage went up in smoke. 


“To avoid prison. Guy came in saying he was going to be indicted for many things (the list would have been impressive if it wasn’t also sickening). So, he wanted to marry his accomplice because he saw on TV that your spouse can’t testify against you without your permission and the accomplice had cut a deal. He just needed to get this pesky marriage to his current wife dissolved.” — idliketosmitepls


“A man filed for divorce because he couldn’t stand listening to his wife make the ‘aah’ sound after every drink. Apparently it got to him over the years.” — Katie_19_96


“Guy came in and wanted to divorce his wife because he found out that she was still married to some other guy. He then asked me if he needed to tell his ‘other wife’ that he was married to this wife.” — porntoomuch


“We handled the divorce for an older man (70s), bc he was cheating and wanted to be with his mistress. Two years go by, he comes back to divorce the mistress bc he’s been cheating on HER with his first wife.” — beloved_wolf


“Because she bought a $3500 dog as a surprise and when she sent him the picture he responded with ‘this kind of impulsive bullshit is why your family is poor.'” — MisterBurns313


Former paralegal here I worked for a small firm and we had woman come to file a fault divorce and husband was to blame. She filed out the paperwork but didn’t put a reason which we need for fault divorce ya know? My boss and I sat down with her and ran down the reasons…What was the problem? Dude, couldn’t quit looking at porn. He was a porn addict but the wife didn’t consider that addiction because it wasn’t drugs or alcohol. You’re probably thinking what’s weird that seems like normal reason to file and people probably do. Dude was addicted to goat porn…like farm animals. She brought in hundreds of pages of his porn search’s and saved files. It wasn’t even people having sex with goats it was goats having sex with other goats. He also liked to watch mules be bred. It was strange to say the least. We called him the GOAT (grossest of all time.) There was some human in animal stuff but the goats are what stuck with me. I’m betting he isn’t allowed near petting zoos.” — lord_of_lighters


“Overheard in court one day a woman wanted to divorce her husband because he likes taking pictures of trains, and had been doing so for years before.” — StanMarsh02


“She saw him in bike shorts and said she could never be sexually attracted to him again.” — ragnarockette


“One of his patients got divorced because after his girlfriend and he got married, the girlfriend began bugging him about quitting the meds he was taking for depression and anxiety; because she should ‘be enough’ or some such thing. He eventually did, then later she wanted a divorce because he ‘wasn’t the same guy she married.’ — imk


“After seven years of marriage, a husband (unbeknownst to the wife) started trying to convince their nanny to have a threesome, telling her his wife would be really into it. He was a Wall Street guy and she was a physician, and the nanny had been with them since their first kid was born four years earlier. The nanny finally made a move on the wife, who told her it was inappropriate. But a few months later, they got drunk, and they had that threesome. It turned into a regular thing. The husband was totally happy—until the wife said she and the nanny were in love with each other, and she was leaving him for the nanny! During the custody proceedings, the husband tried to argue the nanny was an illegal immigrant, which was ridiculous. In the end, the wife got primary custody. Three years later, the wife and nanny are still together, though they hired a new nanny.” — blondemathematician

Patricia Grisafi

Patricia Grisafi, PhD, is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, Bustle, Broadly, The Establishment, and elsewhere. She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, and designer sunglasses.