The Strange World of Divorce

While it might be fairly common for couples to get a divorce in the United States these days, it's certainly not easy. There are questions of support, custody issues if there are children involved, and bitter arguments over who gets to keep what; all of which can drag a divorce into months of stress. But what is it like in other cultures and in other times? In centuries past, in China, a divorce could be granted for any number of reasons, so long as the bride's family agreed to take her back. Aborigine women in Australia can convince their husbands to grant a divorce but if that's not working, then all they need to do is elope with someone else. The ancient Athenians and modern-day Eskimos share an extremely simple divorce process - live separately as though they were never married. In the UK, a man tired of his wife could slip a halter around her neck, lead her into town to the cattle market, and sell her to the highest bidder. Japan had a much more advanced view, however. Marriage was not sacred and divorce was not immoral - it was merely a mismatch between families. Women's dowrys were returned in the hopes of encouraging re-marriage. You can read more on Purple Slinky, and on Hope's Blog, and in this review.
     Posted By: Nethie - Sat Jul 31, 2010
     Category: Anniversary | Centuries | Ceremonies | Weddings | Customs | Foreign Customs | Marriage

This is not the post that I set out to write. I had found an article discussing a woman in India who had been fined for divorcing her husband. But once I started looking for more information on my original idea, I ended up with all this.

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Posted by Nethie on 07/31/10 at 05:17 AM
And slaves in the old south needed only to jump over the broomstick backwards.

But.... In modern America why is it that you only need some dude with a piece of paper he bought on line to get hitched but a barrage of lawyers to get unhitched?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/31/10 at 05:54 AM
I know, Harvey, I thought it was fantastic!
Posted by Nethie on 07/31/10 at 06:45 PM
cool cake! divorce is only really contentious when there is money involved. so, even though i am happily married, i know if we ever separated it would be very simple. nothing to fight over!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/01/10 at 11:26 AM
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