An Australian man is getting a dirtier divorce than he expected.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday that the man, known only by his pseudonym, Mr. Moss, is being forced to dig up his parents' ashes after his ex-wife was awarded their family farm in the divorce settlement.
Mr. Moss created a memorial garden on the property after his father died in 2002. When his mother died six years later, her urn was buried there as well. According to the newspaper, Mr. Moss was given 14 days to remove the headstones and urns from the property.
The judge reportedly granted the property to Mr. Moss' ex-wife because she was unemployed and unable to purchase a similar property within their community, unlike Mr. Moss, whose annual salary is $160,000.
Digging up ashes is just one of the crazy things divorcés have done as result of their settlements. In 2008, a Serbian farmer cut his farm equipment and tools in half after he was ordered to share all of his property with his ex-wife. That same year, a Cambodian man went so far as to saw his house in half after his divorce.
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.
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.
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