For most of us, parting ways with a spouse comes with little ceremony, save for signing those divorce docs in the lawyer's office.

But a growing number of divorcès are finding ways to mark the end of their marriages with some pomp and circumstance.

From religious rituals that mirror wedding ceremonies to a tradition involving a toilet, here are some of the world's most interesting divorce customs.

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  • Mantokuji Temple's Divorce Toilet

    One Japanese temple lets visitors flush a failed marriage down the toilet... literally. At the Mantokuji Temple, located in Gunma Prefecture in central Japan, visitors rid themselves of bad relationship karma by writing their breakup wishes on a piece of paper and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/02/26/us-japan-temple-toilet-idUSTRE61P1E420100226" target="_hplink">flushing them down the toilet, according to Reuters</a>. The temple was historically a refuge for women looking to escape unhappy marriages, the temple museum's director, Tadashi Takagi, told <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7350006/Japanese-women-flush-divorce-desires-down-the-temple-toilet.html" target="_hplink"><em>The Telegraph </em>in March 2010</a>.

  • Mass Of Lament

    In November 2000, CNN reported on German bishop Margot Kaessmann's <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2000-11-03/world/bishop.divorce_1_german-bishop-divorce-german-protestant-church?_s=PM:europe" target="_hplink">call for churches to introduce a religious ceremony</a> for those going through divorces. One of Kaessmann's proposals was a <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2000-11-03/world/bishop.divorce_1_german-bishop-divorce-german-protestant-church?_s=PM:europe" target="_hplink">Mass of Lament, where family and friends would gather in a church</a> and listen as the divorcing couple explained their reasons for ending the marriage.

  • Divorce Ceremonies

    In April 2012, the <em>New York Times</em> highlighted the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/fashion/weddings/leaving-a-spouse-behind-for-good.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">growing trend of divorce ceremonies.</a> The ceremonies are highly personal, and can include everything from an elaborate, vow-filled ceremony witnessed by friends and family to a symbolic tossing of a wedding band into the Seine River, as one woman profiled by the <em>Times</em> did.

  • Ceremony Of Hope

    The Unitarian Universalists' divorce ceremony, called a <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Unitarian-Universalist/Unitarian-Ceremony-Of-Hope.aspx" target="_hplink">"ceremony of hope"</a> takes place in a church and is done in the company of a minister and an intimate group of friends and family, just like a wedding. In this way, the same community who helped the couple celebrate the beginning of the marriage is there to commemorate the end, <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Unitarian-Universalist/Unitarian-Ceremony-Of-Hope.aspx" target="_hplink">according to Beliefnet</a>. During the ceremony, the divorcing parties <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Unitarian-Universalist/Unitarian-Ceremony-Of-Hope.aspx" target="_hplink">apologize to one another and seek forgiveness for pain they may have inflicted during the marriage</a>. The ceremonies <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Unitarian-Universalist/Unitarian-Ceremony-Of-Hope.aspx" target="_hplink">take place whenever the participants are ready</a>, before or after a civil divorce has taken place.

  • Divorce Parties

    As <a href="http://gawker.com/5810891/divorce-parties-are-a-really-good-idea" target="_hplink">several</a> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/fashion/celebrating-a-divorce-with-a-party-noticed.html" target="_hplink"> outlets</a> have reported recently, divorcing couples are increasingly <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/12/divorce-parties-on-the-rise-as-divorce-becomes-acceptable.html" target="_hplink">hosting divorce parties</a> to mark the end of their marriages and to celebrate their new single lives. Celeb couples seemed to be on the forefront of the trend. In June 2011, model Karen Elson and rocker husband Jack White invited friends and family to celebrate <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/10/karen-elson-jack-white-divorce_n_874878.html" target="_hplink">"their 6th anniversary and their upcoming divorce." </a> Still, the growing trend leaves <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/blogs/citykat/divorce-parties--a-celebration-of-life-or-just-bad-taste-20120613-208ua.html" target="_hplink">critics wondering if it's in bad taste</a> to toast the end of a marriage.

  • Japan's Divorce Ceremonies

    In July 2011, Reuters reported on the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-japan-divorce-odds-idUSTRE76324T20110704?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true" target="_hplink">rising popularity of divorce ceremonies in Japan</a>, an uptick they attributed to couples reassessing their lives in the wake of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/japan-earthquake-tsunami_n_834380.html" target="_hplink">earthquake and tsunami that had struck months earlier</a>. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-japan-divorce-odds-idUSTRE76324T20110704?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true" target="_hplink">According to Reuters</a>, the ceremonies typically cost 55,000 yen ($690), include a buffet meal and end with the ritual smashing of the couple's wedding rings with a gavel.

  • Certificate of Divorce

    The Jing people, one of China's ethnic minority groups, have a very particular way of signing off on divorce. In <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=3BHkUYCkOnYC&pg=PT125&lpg=PT125&dq=.+If+the+wife+first+requests+a+divorce,+she+should+give+back+all+or+at+least+part+of+betrothal+gifts,+but+this+is+not+so+in+the+reverse+case.+then+he+gives+a+written+pledge+as+a+certificate+of+divorce.&source=bl&ots=A83b-D-Vgg&sig=pUnfI5iHpL9pIexPnTvzck1kezs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_Z0EUJbEMbG_2QWyx4nNBQ&ved=0CFAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=. If the wife first requests a divorce%2C she should give back all or at least part of betrothal gifts%2C but this is not so in the reverse case. then he gives a written pledge as a certificate of divorce.&f=false" target="_hplink">"The Marriage Customs Among China's Ethnic Minority Groups," </a> author Zhongyi Jia explains that tradition holds that the certificate of divorce cannot be written inside the home</a>. Once the certificate is signed, the pen and inkstone used must be thrown away because it's believed that they contain bad luck.