I can’t say too much or I’m going to get myself into huge trouble. Let me just say that there is a couple I know who are going through a nasty divorce – is there any other kind? – and one of them has made some of the most outrageous divorce demands I’ve ever heard.
Isn’t the point of divorce to move on and get on with your own life?
Shouldn’t divorce mean the end of any control you have over each other’s lives, co-parenting aside?
Family lawyers often say that during divorce they deal with people at their worst. And when people are at their worst they can forget who they really are.
Next week the new Sarah Jessica Parker HBO comedy series, Divorce, debuts on Foxtel. Parker, plays Frances a woman who has been married to Robert (played by Thomas Haden Church) for 17 years. “How do you go from years of a loving marriage, to wanting to blow your partner’s head off?” Frances asks in the premiere episode – where she also asks her husband for a divorce.
Mamamia Confessions: When I knew it was time for divorce.
But their divorce, with two kids, gets complicated. Don’t they all?
Here are seven of the most absurd divorce demands that had nothing to do with money:
1. ZIP IT … FOREVER
As part of almost-husband Marc Anthony’s divorce from wife Dayonara Torres, Jennifer Lopez is alleged to have demanded that Ms. Torres sign an agreement that forbade her from speaking badly about Lopez at any time, for the rest of time.
Legal Zoom reports, “Essentially, the former Mrs. Anthony could be sued for saying bad things about the current Mrs. Anthony.”
While clauses like this rarely form part of non-celebrity divorces we can imagine quite a few couples who wish they could do similar, particularly when it comes to how each parent talks about the other in front of the children.
2. DEAD DOG WALKING
Quite a few divorces these days involve pets and custody agreements however not many involve a negotiation whereby a demand is made to literally split the pet in half. However a woman has shared a story on Huffington Post she heard while dating a divorce lawyer. The husband in question demanded the dog be killed and the ashes split 50/50.