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3 Weird Divorce and Breakup Laws

By Ephrat Livni, Esq. | Last updated on

First you say I do and walk down the aisle with your true love. Then you hang out for a while and say I don't, and you're headed for divorce court.

Whatever state you are in, you will likely come across some strange marriage and divorce laws. Some make sense if you think about them a little -- and we will -- and some are less logical. Let's look at a few funny annulment and divorce rules from around the country.

Strange Rules

The US is large and varied and states pride themselves on having an individual character. Each state has its own statutes that reflect the values and concerns of its citizens, theoretically. Here are three reported in Daily Worth that may make you wonder about this country.

  1. The Delaware Dare: Some people can't turn down a dare, doing anything if challenged in this manner. Apparently Delaware recognizes this weakness, as well as the downsides of having a sense of humor. The state assists those who do not seriously consider consequences and Delaware courts will issue an annulment decree if, "One or both parties entered into the marriage as a jest or dare."
  2. Impotent in New England: In the chilly New England states of Maine and Massachusetts, impotence is grounds for divorce. But you can't just go in to court and claim difficulties in the bedroom. You need actual proof in the form of medical records or expert testimony, which is bound to be uncomfortable for everybody, particularly considering New England's puritanical past.
  3. No Kink in Kentucky: Mandatory sexual separation is a prerequisite for Kentucky couples seeking divorce. A couple can stay under the same roof during the required two-month trial separation period but they cannot have sex. Seems strange but Kentucky is not the only state to make couples wait for emotional storms to pass before splitting can be official. California makes couples wait six months before finalizing a divorce, which turns out to be sound reasoning as things happen and passions can be rekindled (as they were for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom).

Seriously though, divorce is no joke. And as you can see, the law is not always obvious, in addition to being different in every state. Get help if your marriage is breaking up.

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