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Strange Divorce Laws

In lieu of the holiday season and all of the time we will be spending with relatives, both sane and otherwise, its only fitting that we divulge in a little hilarity and explore some of the legal, and illegal, antics that can occur in this great nation, all pertaining to marriage and divorce. Hopefully you can picture someone you know, perhaps even someone in your family, and attach them to one of these whacky laws and laugh just a little at their expense. Enjoy.

It is legal to have a Marriage by Proxy for Military Personnel

Marriage by proxy, which means someone can stand in for a bride or groom who can’t be present at his or her own wedding for legitimate and documented reasons, is limited to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. But of the four states that allow the practice (California, Colorado, Texas, and Montana), Montana is the only one that allows double-proxy weddings. Essentially, neither the bride nor groom has to show up. Convenient? Or is it just weird? You be the judge.

Bird Killing?

If you thought the days of “proving” your manhood were primal and long since forgotten, then you would be mistaken. In Truro, Massachusetts, a groom-to-be must “prove himself manly’” prior to marriage by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows. If he fails to do so, the wedding is considered as dead as the birds.

It is Illegal for Married Couples to Sleep Nude in a Rented Room

Despite the fact that the infamous witch trials were over 300 years ago, religious conservatism is still alive in Salem, Massachusetts; at least on the law books. The law is still in effect that married couples are not allowed to sleep in the nude in a rented room. So, who exactly checks to see if the rules are being followed here? Not sure we’d like to know.

It is illegal for Married Couples to Kiss in Public on Sundays

It is one of the weirdest laws to date. The real question is, why was it ever implemented? Perhaps to keep the sabbath holy, but isn’t that going a little far? It is true. The police can cuff you and throw you in jail, that is, if you live in Hartford, Connecticut and you’re caught kissing in public on Sunday.

It is illegal for Palm Readers and Fortune Tellers to Officiate a Wedding

It’s most likely that your wedding was officiated by a religious figure or judge. Or, if you’re a bit more eccentric than some, you had a friend become ordained online so he or she could marry you. Good thing you went with the tried-and-true: New Orleans has made it illegal for palm readers, fortune tellers, mystics, and the like to officiate a wedding. You have been warned.

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