An Indian woman is divorcing her husband because he neglected to change his relationship status to married on Facebook, the Deccan Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
Her husband, a 31-year-old businessman, reportedly told the court that updating his status had simply slipped his mind, as the pair wed only two months ago. But his 28-year-old IT professional wife pressed on with the divorce because she "couldn't trust him", high court advocate P. Subhash told the paper.
The judge reportedly told the newlyweds to undergo six months of counseling.
We've heard of Facebook causing marital strife before, but usually when a spouse has used the social networking site to reconnect with an old flame. Eighty-one percent of lawyers surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in February 2010 said they'd seen an overwhelming increase in the number of divorce cases that used evidence gleaned from social networking sites like Facebook.
And though an argument over a Facebook relationship status may seem like a strange reason to split, it's hardly the weirdest grounds for divorce that we've ever heard. Click through these seven strange-but-true divorce causes and vote on which one that you think is the weirdest.
A young Italian groom was so unready to leave his mother's side, he brought her on his honeymoon in January 2012. His unimpressed bride <a href="http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110129/lf_ac/7728736_motherinlaw_destroys_italian_couples_marriage" target="_hplink">asked for a divorce three weeks later</a>.
One German woman put up with her neatfreak husband's love of household chores for 15 years <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/04/02/oukoe-uk-germany-divorce-idUKTRE53145M20090402" target="_hplink">until finally divorcing him</a> in April 2009. The last straw? His decision to knock down and rebuild a wall in their home because it was dirty.
One woman got married at age 30, but told her husband she was just 24. Ten years into their marriage, in November 2007, <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-11/28/content_6284496.htm" target="_hplink">he found out about the lie</a> and asked for a divorce.
What would you do if your pet bird started to say things like "divorce" or "be patient"? In June 2001, <a href="http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/06/19/china.bird/index.html" target="_hplink">those phrases</a> proved to one woman that her husband had been unfaithful -- and that was grounds for divorce.
Size mattered <em>too</em> much <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/241571-man-faces-divorce-after-penis-extension-breaks-during-sex" target="_hplink">for this man</a>. His wife split in 2008 after a prosthetic penis extension snapped off during sex.
Would you divorce your spouse over a 60-year-old affair? In December 2011, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/29/worlds-oldest-divorcees_n_1174902.html" target="_hplink">a 99-year-old Italian man filed to do just </a>that after discovering a love letters his 96-year-old wife had written to her lover in the 1940s. The breakup made the couple the world's oldest divorcees.
A Frenchwoman filed to divorce her husband after two decades together, citing their lack of sex as the cause. Adding insult to injury, in September 2011, a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8741895/Frenchman-ordered-to-pay-wife-damages-for-lack-of-sex.html" target="_hplink">judge ordered the man to pay his ex $14,000</a> as compensation for failing to make the grade in the sack.