Kline couldn’t sleep past 5 am.  So he was the first one in his law office Monday morning.  He flipped on the lights and started checking email.  Among the dozens of pitches from salespeople and scam artists, one from a young lady named Kerry caught his attention.  “My husband left me on Friday,” she said.  “He called me today and said he would like to get back together but his parents ae against it and they want him to divorce me.  Can he do that legally?”

Kline leaned back in this chair and looked at the ceiling.  “No,” he said.  “You have to state your grounds for divorce in your complaint.  Grounds are reasons for divorce.  They are listed in the law.  Parents don’t like me is not on the list.”

“What’s on the list?” Kerry asked.

“For Maryland?”

“Yes.”

Kline recited the list:

  • One Year Separation
  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Conviction of a Felony or Misdemeanor
  • Insanity
  • Cruelty
  • Excessively Vicious Conduct
  • Mutual Consent

“Wow.  Thanks,” said Kerry.  “Now I’ll be able to sleep.”  Kline was wide awake as he filed her email under “Prospective Clients”.

Two hundred divorces in the UK since the beginning of the year have cited Fortnight as the reason for the breakup.

If you don’t know what Fortnight is, your children can probably tell you.  It’s a highly addictive, time-consuming video game that can be downloaded and played for free on the Internet.

My two teensage boys play it most every night after they do their homework.  But about half of the Fortnite players are adults.

Fortnite is a shooter-survival game, where the goal is to kill off everyone else. Last man or woman standing wins.

You can buy digital items from Fortnite, like different outfits for your charater, and that’s how Fortnite makes money – to the tune of about three million dollars a month.

Spending your time killing video players may be more exciting than your real life relationship, but you should be aware that it can lead to divorce.

The Maryland legislature added Mutual Consent as grounds for divorce for couples without minor children in 2015 to allow divorce without a waiting period if the parties had a written agreement.  Section 7-103 of the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code.

Now the legislature has added couples with minor children to the statute so long as (a) a Maryland Child Support Guidelines Worksheet is attached to the Agreement if the Agreement provides for child support, and (b) the court finds the sections of the Agreement with respect to the children are in the best interests of those children.

The law, if not vetoed by the Governor, will take effect October 1, 2018.

“We had a traditional arranged marriage, I only knew him for two months before the wedding and never noticed how stingy he was,” said Sameeha, an Egyptian woman.  “During the first week of our marriage, he told me that he hates going out anywhere because that would be a waste of money.”

During those first two months of marriage, Sameeha asked her husband to take her out somewhere. While they were out, she asked him to buy her a shawarma, which is a chicken wrap sandwich.

He told her he that he already bought her juice and that’s it. He said that she was trying to exploit his wealth.

Sameeha filed a complaint for divorce.

 

 

Yagmur of Istanbul, Turkey, married Barak two years ago.  But she discovered during the marriage that he was always spending time cleaning or fixing his bicycle in the middle of the living room..

“This is not an ordinary attachment, he is literally in love with the bike,” said Yagmur, claiming that her husband had abandoned her for his bicycle.

She filed for divorce and demanded 400,000 Turkish lira (about $100,000 US Dollars) in compensation, for the negative effect her husband’s bicycle obsession has had on her mental health and her life.

A woman in Dubai says that she is the sole breadwinner in the house and pays all the bills.  Her husband is unemployed and cannot keep a job.  He reportedly goes out at night with his friends and leaves her home with the children.

She does not have a car.  When she asked her husband for a ride, he said he would do it for $5oo diram (about $136).  He said that the money was to compensate him for the time he would miss out on seeing his friends.

She has filed for divorce.

To get a divorce, you have to have one of the reasons spelled out in the law.  These are call grounds for divorce.  One of the grounds for divorce in Maryland, for example, is cruelty and excessively vicious conduct.  California has irreconcilable differences.  And England calls it behaviour.

The Daily Express reports that in the past, unreasonable behavior usually meant money problems or drinking too much.  But the definition has expanded in modern times.  Here are the top unreasonable behaviours in England today:

  1. Partner’s illness
  2. Snoring
  3. Going to the gym too much
  4. Being ungrateful for all the work their partner does
  5. Being hopeless with money
  6. Disagreement over respective politics
  7. Food fanaticisms
  8. Fishing
  9. Sex – either not enough, being offered too much, or loss of interest
  10. Suspicion other party messing around
  11. One partner wants to travel, the other doesn’t
  12. The party puts their mother before their spouse
  13. Spending too much time online or on the phone
  14. Not helping with children
  15. Refusing to to give up smoking

 

This morning my wife alerted me to an article in Harpers Bazzar last week called “If You Are Married to a Trump Supporter, Divorce Them” by Jennifer Wright.

“Supporting Trump at this point does not indicate a difference of opinions,” my wife said quoting the author. “It indicates a difference of values.”

“The problem is,” I replied, ”my spouse voted for Trump is not grounds for divorce in DC, Maryland or Virginia.

by James J. Gross

An Italian man claimed in his divorce that his wife was possessed by the devil and could levitate.

According to an article by Jon Lockett in the Sun, the woman’s’ sister, a priest and a monk were witnesses to her floating off the ground and they also said she also threw a church pew at the alter with just one hand.

The judge granted a no-fault divorce to the pair based on one year separation.

 

The sixth factor the court has to consider in determining the amount and duration of alimony is “the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties.” MD Family Law Article 11-106(6).

But can adultery after separation contribute to the estrangement of the parties? Nan Willoughby married Robert Willoughby in 1928.  They had a stormy marriage for several years and Nan moved out in 1966 filing for divorce based on constructive desertion. Robert then moved in with another woman and Nan filed a supplemental complaint for adultery.

The trial judge found that the husband’s adultery was the fault that destroyed the home. The husband appealed arguing that the home had been destroyed with the separation of the parties some time before.

The Maryland Court of Appeals disagreed with the husband finding that:

Appellant wishes to isolate one point in time and determine the ‘fault which destroyed the home’ as of that time. We think the concept is broader than this, and permits the trial judge properly to consider all of the circumstances resulting in the destruction of the marriage, including the conduct and acts of the parties both prior and subsequent to actual physical separation.

Willoughby v. Willoughby, 256 Md. 590 (1970)