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Divorce Stories: Australian Woman Cites Ghost In Order To Keep House In Divorce Settlement

02/13/2013 03:47 pm 15:47:21 | Updated Mar 18, 2013

One Australian woman went to scary lengths to keep her house in the divorce settlement.

According to the South Australia news site Adelaide Now, a 52-year-old woman told lawyers, a property valuer and a judge that a ghost was haunting the home she once she shared with her husband. She reportedly did so in an attempt to drive down the value of the house, which had been set at $750,000, low enough that she could afford to keep it.

However, both the valuer and the judge reportedly saw through the woman's thinly-veiled intentions.

"I found this account of the alleged haunting to be unbelievable and I am satisfied that the claim was fabricated for an ulterior purpose, namely, as an attempt to influence the valuer to return a low valuation of the former matrimonial home," Federal Magistrate Stephen Scarlett said.

The court ruled that the woman could keep the house, so long as she paid $189,000 to her estranged husband.

But this isn't the first time that a scorned spouse has gone to great lengths to keep his or her share of the assets in the divorce. As part of his 2008 settlement, a Cambodian man sawed the wooden house he once shared with his wife in half. He took the remaining debris with him to his parents' house nearby and his ex-wife kept the half that was still standing.

Click through the slides below for more on the Cambodian man and 10 other strange-but-true divorce tales.

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