It's customary for divorcing parents to divide the holidays in their child custody agreements.
But sporting events? That's a whole different ball game.
On Friday, Yahoo sports blog The Dagger reported on Michael, an Illinois man who managed to work his love of college basketball into his child custody agreement. According to Michael, his ex-wife requested custody of their daughter and son for a handful of Jewish holidays and half of their Christmas vacation. In response, he asked to have the kids on relatively few religious holidays -- Christmas and Easter -- as well as St. Patrick's Day and Super Bowl Sunday.
But to even out what he felt was an imbalanced custody agreement, Michael made one request that took his ex -- and her lawyer -- by surprise: the lifelong Syracuse fan asked to have custody of 7-year-old Julia and 5-year-old Liam on the day of the NCAA men's basketball title game, if Syracuse was playing .
"Even though Syracuse has only won the title once and it may not happen for another 20 years, it's something that's really important to me," Michael told The Dagger. "It's not a holiday exactly, but it is holy to me. Other people define themselves by their religion or race. Frankly, Syracuse sports, especially basketball, football and lacrosse, are a big part of my heritage."
But given Syracuse's strong performance 2011-2012 season and Bleacher Reports' prediction that the team will win the Big East Tournament this upcoming season, Michael's custody request just may pay off.
Click through the slideshow below for other strange but true divorce stories.
Is it appropriate to ask your ex to return a gift post-divorce? This Long Island surgeon certainly thinks so. He gave his wife a kidney while they were married. But after she filed for divorce in July 2005, <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6591415" target="_hplink">he wanted it back</a>.
A young Italian groom was so unready to leave his mother's side, he brought her on his honeymoon in January this year. 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>.
Getting Her Goat
Steve Killeen and his wife already had a dog, but she wanted more pets. One day, she saw photos of baby goats online and decided she had to have one. But after they split in October 2009, <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/money/money-matters/man-who-got-his-wifes-goat-in-bizarre-divorce-settlement/story-fn300aev-1225788539626" target="_hplink">her ex-husband got her goat</a>. Literally.
This couple agreed to divorce in 2007, but neither would move out their marital home. Tired of their arguments, a judge ordered the couple to <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17856207/from/RS.1" target="_hplink">split the house in half</a>--by building a wall through it.
Was It My Crow's Feet?
This 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.
Grown Up Grounded
One man <a href="http://newyorkdivorcenews.com/child-support-violations-leads-to-unusual-ruling/331028/" target="_hplink">failed to pay child support</a>, to the tune of $14,000, last June. To control his spending, a judge took away his TV, internet, magazine, cell phone and newspaper privileges.
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.
What's Mine Is Yours
This couple had a hard time deciding who would get the farm after they split in 2008. To solve the problem--and ensure that his ex-wife got her fair share--<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/04/04/us-serbia-divorce-idUSL0317448420080404" target="_hplink">this farmer used a grinder</a> to cut his farm equipment in half.
Phallic Faux Pas
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.
Splitting The Assets
After divorcing his wife of 18 years in October 2008, Moeun Sarim wanted exactly 50 percent of his marital assets. To collect his share, he gathered up his tools, called his relatives for help and <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27113959/ns/world_news-weird_news/t/cambodians-saw-house-divorce-settlement/" target="_hplink">sawed his house in half</a>. His ex-wife still lives on her side.