The shortest marriage in recorded history was 3 minutes. On the way out of the courthouse, the bride tripped over and fell. Instead of helping her up, the groom called her “stupid”. On the spot the bride insisted the magistrate annul the wedding, and the magistrate complied.
The Beidane people of northern Africa throw lavish parties for divorces as well as marriages. These events emphasize that divorce is not merely the end of a marriage but a transition to a new phase of life.
In 1999 Alec Wildenstein had the most expensive divorce in history with a settlement of $3.8 billion. During the divorce the judge stipulated that Mrs. Wildenstein couldn’t spend any of the money on cosmetic surgery (during the marriage she spent $4 million on surgery to look like a cat).
A woman once sued her own divorce attorneys because they did not inform her a divorce would end her marriage.
In England until the early 20th century, a man wishing to separate from his wife could lead her to market by a halter and sell her to the highest bidder.
Couples who spent $1,000 or less were 53% less likely to get divorced, while couples whose weddings cost over $20,000 had divorce rates 43% higher than average. Weddings attended by more than 200 people were 92% less likely to get divorced.
A woman won $1.3 million lottery. She hid it from her husband and immediately divorced him to avoid giving him half. He found out and sued. Due a Family Code statute that penalizes spouses for falsifying data about their property during divorce, judge ordered her to give him 100% of the winnings.
Woman who had won a lottery, filed for divorce in hurry and at the end lost all of her lottery money to her ex husband as a result of violating disclosure laws (he sued her after he learned about the money).
Mail-order marriages are less likely to end in divorce than marriages overall in the United States.
Russell Brand was legally entitled to take $20 million dollars from Katy Perry’s fortune after their divorce but refused to take any.