Strange Reasons to Divorce and the No Fault Concept

On behalf of Ronald H. Kauffman, P.A. posted in Divorce on Monday, September 16, 2013.

The official term for divorce in Florida is “dissolution of marriage”, and you don’t need fault as a grounds for divorce. Florida abolished fault as a ground for divorce. This means you no longer have to prove a reason for the divorce, like infidelity. Instead, you just need to state under oath that your marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

Despite the concept of no-fault divorce, very often people blame others for their marriage ending. Recently, a Rhode Island man, whose marriage ended, filed a federal lawsuit seeking to silence the bells of the Catholic church next door to him.

John Devaney claims the ringing of the bells at St. Thomas More Catholic church contributed to the failure of his marriage and are disrupting the quality of his life.

In China, one man’s snoring was so disruptive it prompted his wife to file for divorce. In the filing, she claimed that she hasn’t gotten a full night’s sleep since they married. She also mentioned that the man’s heavy snoring made her ill and caused her to lose a significant amount of weight.

In Iran, a man filed to divorce his wife because of her snoring; she admitted to drugging him with sleeping pills at the beginning of their marriage so he wouldn’t notice her snoring habit.

One woman got married at age 30 but told her husband she was only 24. Ten years into their marriage, in November 2007, he found out about the lie–and asked for a divorce.

A pet bird started to say things like “divorce” or “be patient” and the bird’s phrases caused one woman to think her husband was cheating on her and filed for divorce.

In Florida, either spouse can file for the dissolution of marriage. You must prove that a marriage exists, one party has been a Florida resident for six months before filing the petition, and the marriage is irretrievably broken.

However, fault may be considered under certain circumstances in the award of alimony, equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, and determination of parental responsibility.