Not all marriages stay happy forever, as some couples can quickly sour on each other for the slightest reason. Due to that, they might decide to split up in the end. So, on that note, we’ve compiled a list of 40 stories that detail the gobsmacking motives behind certain divorces around the world.
40. The man who said too much
Following six years together, Mariam Adunni of Nigeria decided to leave her spouse for an unusual reason in 2012. As she explained to the courtroom, “My husband is fond of sharing our family affairs with his relatives and friends. My husband has no trust in me. Instead, he shares his problems with friends and relatives who will mislead him.”
39. Demonic possession
Back in 2007 a lady living in Italy started to experience some terrifying physical ailments, such as extreme body stiffness and seizures. However, her husband believed that darker forces were at work. Indeed, he was convinced that the devil had taken control of his wife. As a result of that, the man was given a “no-fault divorce” some ten years later.
38. Gaming infidelity
Gaming can be an enjoyable hobby for married couples, but it ultimately led to the end of one relationship. According to an unnamed lawyer on Reddit in 2018, a suspicious man caught his wife’s “avatar” sleeping with another person in a video game. Even though she wasn’t being unfaithful in the real world, he still wanted a divorce.
37. An unrecognizable bride
A few days on from their wedding, a married couple visited Dubai’s Al Mamzar Beach in 2016. Upon their arrival, the pair then enjoyed a dip in the water. At that point, the husband caught sight of his wife’s natural face for the first time, as the waves had cleared off her make-up. In his mind, her previous look was a “deception,” so he decided to leave her.
36. A loose-lipped pet bird
Back in 2001 a resident of Chongqing, China, began to pick up on a strange issue in her house. According to the Xinmin Evening News, she noted that her pet bird was repeating phrases such as “I love you” and “divorce.” Incredibly, she believed that the animal was listening to her spouse on the phone as he spoke with another woman. Due to that, she looked to end their relationship.
35. Ignoring text messages
For around half a year, a woman was sending text messages to her partner through the Line application in Taiwan. However, while he looked at the posts on his phone, he failed to respond to her. In fact, he even ignored a message that stated his wife was involved in a road collision. The couple divorced in 2017.
34. Morning coffee
During a marriage, couples usually develop numerous routines around the house. But according to one Reddit user, one of those habits pushed a husband to breaking point. The person wrote, “I had a client file for divorce because every morning his wife would ask him how he takes his coffee… for seven years.”
33. An overly generous dog lover
If you love animals, it can sometimes be easy to overindulge on their wants and needs. A woman named Eliza could certainly attest to that, as her long-term spouse started to feed some homeless dogs. From there, the situation escalated to the point where he was purchasing food for more than 20 canines on the street. His spending ultimately left them out of pocket, so Eliza ended the marriage.
32. Refusing to build a toilet
In Rajasthan, India, a husband and wife found themselves at odds following their wedding in 2010. She was desperate for him to install a toilet in their house so she didn’t have to “relieve herself” outside, yet he continued to ignore her request. As a result of that, the woman asked for a divorce in 2015, with the judge ruling in her favor.
31. Tuna casserole
For some couples, a night around the dinner table can be pretty relaxing. However, a husband and wife from England were eventually driven apart thanks to those evenings. The man in question said his partner “maliciously and repeatedly” cooked him tuna casserole, which he passionately disliked. Due to that, he brought their marriage to an end.
30. A desperate gamble
Gambling can cause problems at the best of times, but according to one Reddit user, they dealt with an especially shocking case. The lawyer recalled, “One client filed for divorce because he owed his bookie $70,000. He didn’t want to leave his wife, but he figured he would get half the house in the divorce – which was worth $700,000 – and pay his debts.”
29. Looking after a cat
When we welcome a pet into our homes, we have some decisions to make. Surprisingly, though, this led one husband and wife to call time on their relationship. As recalled by a Reddit user, the pair had major disagreements about their cat’s name and eating habits. If that wasn’t enough, the animal took priority over their three children in the custody talks, too.
Prior to a wedding in Saudi Arabia, one man made a deal with his partner to halt her social media activity. To explain what happened next, the woman’s brother spoke with the Okaz newspaper. As he recalled, “Regretfully, my sister did not honor the pledge. [She] used Snapchat to share pictures from the wedding ceremony, resulting in the shocking decision by the groom to cancel their marriage and call for divorce.”
27. A presidential election
In recent times, political discussions have had a tendency to get pretty heated. However, when Gayle McCormick’s spouse said that he was backing Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she was pushed over the edge. “It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump,” McCormick told the Independent newspaper. “[I felt] betrayed.” She subsequently ended their 22-year marriage.
26. The pinball wizard
Away from work, hobbies give people a chance to escape from their lives for a short while. One man took that idea too far, though, as we’re about to discover. Indeed, according to a Reddit user, the individual in question owned a number of pinball machines, choosing them over his wife’s love.
25. Toilet paper
Sticking with Reddit, another user shared a pretty bizarre story. They wrote, “My boss just got divorced. His wife was telling people one of her reasons was the amount of toilet paper he used. She was a super coupon clipper thrifty lady, and would listen when he went to the bathroom to see if he was using ‘too much [toilet paper].’”
24. An unorthodox honeymoon
After spending a year together, an Italian pair named Marianna and Stefano tied the knot in December 2010. The duo then traveled to France for their honeymoon, yet she was in for a shock before they boarded the plane. Surprisingly, her husband’s sickly mom turned up to join them. Stefano’s “excessive emotional attachment” to his parent eventually prompted Marianna to leave him a few weeks later.
23. Obsession with cleanliness
For a lot of married couples, keeping the house tidy is a big priority throughout a normal week. But a man in Germany took things to another level, as he tore down a “dirty” wall and put up a new one. While his wife allowed him to clean their home in the years before that, she couldn’t handle it anymore, so she left him in 2009.
22. Psychic hotlines
Yes, you read that correctly. As a Reddit user recalled on the social media website, “[A woman] spent $42,000 on psychic hotlines. Notably, she then wouldn’t accept any of our offers, and I continuously asked her lawyer to provide counter-offers. Shouldn’t her psychic have told her how the case would turn out?!”
21. A house of cats
While pets are normally a welcome addition to our families, one man in Israel begged to differ. You see, his wife adopted over 500 cats and allowed them inside their house. Due to that, he struggled to complete the most simple of tasks, leading to a big moment. When they tried to work things out, she refused to let the felines go, so they called time on their marriage.
20. Kissing a horse
Back in 2013 a man in Saudi Arabia was browsing a social media website when he spied a photo of his partner. In the image, the woman was said to be sharing a kiss with a horse. Incredibly, that drove her husband to file for a divorce, as she refused to apologize for her actions.
19. A shower curtain
When it comes to doing chores around the house, married couples often try to split the responsibilities between them. However, according to a Reddit user, one job in particular sparked the end of a relationship. “He didn’t help her put up a shower curtain,” this person wrote. “It may have been a straw that broke the camel’s back situation, though.”
18. Age isn’t just a number
Trust is arguably one of the most integral things to maintain throughout a marriage. Yet for this husband from China, he uncovered a shocking secret about his wife’s age some ten years into their coupling. At the time of their engagement, she claimed to be 24 years old. In actual fact she was six years older than that. Once he got wind of the lie, they eventually broke up.
17. Pea etiquette
When we sit down for dinner, it’s polite to maintain a certain decorum. Keeping that in mind, one lady was left flabbergasted by her husband’s table manners in 2013. Indeed, just a number of days on from their wedding, the Kuwaiti bride found out that he used pieces of bread to consume his peas. Alarmed that he didn’t utilize a fork instead, she decided to leave him.
16. A high-stakes poker game
For poker players, certain match-ups can be incredibly taxing, driving them to make questionable calls and bets. However, Andrei Karpov took things to another level when he squandered all of his cash against Sergey Brodov. He decided to use his partner Tatiana in place of new chips for the following hand, which he subsequently lost. She went on to divorce Karpov after that, ahead of marrying Brodov.
15. The family camel
While trips to see the in-laws can be a little uncomfortable at times, one such visit triggered the end of a marriage in Saudi Arabia. The issues started when the husband offered some loving words to his wife. In response, she told him that she had stronger feelings for her dad’s camel. As a result of that, the man broke up with her in 2015.
14. Dire Straits
When it comes to music, we all have our favorite bands. But for one couple in the United Kingdom, the husband’s love for a particular group drove his wife away. Indeed, he was a huge fan of Dire Straits, and insisted upon listening to their tunes each day. The woman eventually lost her patience, so she asked for a divorce.
13. Secret divorce
Back in 1994 Gabriel and Cristina Carta Villa celebrated their wedding in New York. From there, they stayed together for the next two decades, yet all wasn’t as it seemed. Incredibly, Gabriel had engineered a divorce four months into their coupling – with Cristina none the wiser. While he did it to protect his “assets,” his angry partner filed a lawsuit against him after she heard the news.
12. Too much love
In the United Arab Emirates, an unnamed lady called quit on her marriage for a truly bizarre reason in August 2019. She informed the courtroom, “I am choked by [my husband’s] extreme love and affection. I am eagerly longing for a single day of dispute, but this seems impossible with my romantic husband who always forgave me and showered me with daily gifts.”
11. World of Warcraft
To help celebrate Christmas in 2004, a woman named Jocelyn bought the World of Warcraft video game for her partner Peter. Following that, the latter became engrossed in the RPG for the next nine months, disregarding jobs around the house. If that wasn’t bad enough, he also ignored the utility bill payments, which led Jocelyn to leave him after six years together.
10. Refusing to shower
Following a very swift engagement, Aysar Ali and Yara Saad Al-Din tied the knot in September 2007. However, after spending a few weeks together, Ali then admitted that he’d been avoiding the shower since their big day. Due to that, Al-Din subsequently pushed for a divorce in the fall of that year.
9. Supporting the Olympics
In the weeks leading up to the 2008 Olympics in China, a man named Wang Yueting looked to complete a special task. Indeed, he wanted to support the games by taking part in a run around the country. It wouldn’t be a cheap endeavor, though. As such, Wang’s wife tried to talk him out of it. He ignored those words and did it anyway, which led her to leave him.
8. An unchanged Facebook status
As many of you will no doubt know, Facebook boasts a feature that allows you to share your relationship status. But for one man in India, his two-month marriage quickly went up in smoke when he didn’t update it in 2012. His wife claimed that it was a sign of distrust, so she looked to break up with him.
7. “Winning” the lottery
According to a Reddit user, one man decided to play a prank on his wife. He tricked her into thinking that they’d won the lottery, but when she saw the supposedly winning ticket, she fled. She abandoned her husband in an effort to claim the prize. He asked for a divorce once she returned.
6. Hatred of cold cuts
Regardless of how much a married couple loves each other, it’s unlikely that they’ll agree on everything. Douglas and Susan Rae could certainly attest to that, as the latter hated the idea of her husband eating cold cut meat. Susan went on to bin those items at home, but that angered Douglas to the point where he broke up with her.
5. A secret nickname
Over the course of a relationship, people usually coin loving nicknames for their partner. However, a lady from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was shocked to discover that her husband referred to her as “Guantanamo” on his cell phone in 2009. After that, she looked to bring their marriage to an end, ignoring his suggestion that the moniker was actually used to protect his “privacy.”
4. A noisy eater
If you’ve lived with someone for a certain amount of time, some of their habits might become a little annoying. According to a Reddit user, though, one such tendency split a married couple apart. They wrote, “My neighbor filed for divorce because [her husband] smacked his lips when he ate and slurped his coffee and soup.”
3. The Prince of Turkey
Yes, you’ve read that right. As Alyssa Galloway explained on Facebook, “One of our consults came in because his wife had been proposed to by one of those online scam people posing as the Prince of Turkey or something. She fell for it, and was going to give him $45,000 and move to Turkey to marry him. She even said, ‘If it doesn’t work out, I’ll come back.’”
2. A decades-old fling
Back in 1934 a couple named Rosa and Antonio tied the knot, before welcoming five kids into the world. But close to eight decades later, the latter stumbled across a collection of letters dating back to the 1940s. As it turned out, his wife had a secret romance with another man during that period, so he decided to leave her in December 2011.
1. Disney’s Frozen
One of the biggest joys of marriage is being able to share your passions and interests with your partner. However, no one could’ve predicted what happened when a woman from Japan sat down with her husband to watch Disney’s Frozen. She was already a huge fan of the movie, but once he admitted that he didn’t like it, she called an end to their relationship.