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14th Dec '16 2:36:46 AM AutumnLeaves
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\n* In ''A Ticket to Tranai'' by ''Creator/RobertSheckley'' divorce isn't allowed on Tranai and instead MurderTheHypotenuse is legalized.

6th Dec '16 9:26:15 AM dmcreif
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's character in ''Film/TotalRecall1990'': *gunshot* "Consider that a divorce."

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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's character [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Douglas Quaid]] in ''Film/TotalRecall1990'': *gunshot* "Consider ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. After shooting Lori in the head: "[[BondOneLiner Consider that a divorce."]]"
26th Nov '16 2:39:49 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', Yunoshin has sold himself into (pampered) bondage in the female shogun's harem, expecting never to see home or girlfriend again. Once a man enters the [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ooku ooku]] as a concubine, he can take no other (female) lovers than the shogun and can leave the service or the building only at his death. [[spoiler:The shogun later lets him go, by helping him FakingTheDead. is declared legally dead, his family gets a large "bereavement" payment, and the man formerly known as Yunoshin goes home to marry the VictoriousChildhoodFriend he loves and take her family name.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', Yunoshin has sold himself into (pampered) bondage in the female shogun's harem, expecting never to see home or girlfriend again. Once a man enters the [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ooku ooku]] as a concubine, he can take no other (female) lovers than the shogun and can leave the service or the building only at his death. [[spoiler:The shogun later lets him go, by helping him FakingTheDead. is He's declared legally dead, his family gets a large "bereavement" payment, and the man formerly known as Yunoshin goes home to marry the VictoriousChildhoodFriend he loves and take her family name.]]



* In traditional Jewish Law (not to be confused with contemporary Israel) a woman cannot divorce her husband. Thus it occasionally arises that a man will refuse to give his wife a ''get'', or a divorce agreement, often in attempt to extort money out of her, and many legal devices are used in an attempt to pressure this recalcitrant husband into granting his wife a divorce.[[note]]The traditional Jewish law still has its fair share of power in contemporary Israel though: citizens registered as Jewish in the Ministry of Interior can only get married in Israel through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s registry; while marriage performed abroad is recognised, a divorce recognised in Israel can only be done through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s courts. This means men who won’t give their wives a ''get'' are imprisoned, and that women are severely discriminated against in these proceedings, especially if she is less religious than her husband (some husbands even ''pretend'' to be religious to get a sweeter deal).[[/note]] The story is said of Jewish Sage Rabbi Akiva Eiger, that such a man was brought before him once, with the hope that Rabbi Eiger would convince him to divorce his wife. Rabbi Eiger brings him into his study, and opens a volume of the Talmud to its first page. He turns to the man, looks him in the eye, and says, "The Talmud says here that a woman is freed from her husband in one of two ways. Through divorce, and through the husband's death. Which one would you prefer?" The man looks at Rabbi Eiger, laughs and says, "What, are you trying to threaten me?". He walks out of the study, walks out the front door, and collapses dead of a heart attack on the front steps.

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* In traditional Jewish Law (not to be confused with contemporary Israel) a woman cannot divorce her husband. Thus it occasionally arises that a man will refuse to give his wife a ''get'', or a divorce agreement, often in attempt to extort money out of her, and many legal devices are used in an attempt to pressure this recalcitrant husband into granting his wife a divorce.[[note]]The traditional Jewish law still has its fair share of power in contemporary Israel though: citizens registered as Jewish in the Ministry of Interior can only get married in Israel through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s registry; while marriage performed abroad is recognised, a divorce recognised in Israel can only be done through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s courts. This means men who won’t give their wives a ''get'' are imprisoned, and that women are severely discriminated against in these proceedings, especially if she is less religious than her husband (some husbands even ''pretend'' to be religious to get a sweeter deal).[[/note]] The story is said of Jewish Sage Rabbi Akiva Eiger, that such a man was brought before him once, with the hope that Rabbi Eiger would convince him to divorce his wife. Rabbi Eiger brings him into his study, and opens a volume of the Talmud to its first page. He turns to the man, looks him in the eye, and says, "The Talmud says here that a woman is freed from her husband in one of two ways. Through divorce, and through the husband's death. Which one would you prefer?" The man looks at Rabbi Eiger, laughs and says, "What, are you trying to threaten me?". me?" He walks out of the study, walks out the front door, and collapses dead of a heart attack on the front steps.



* This trope turns out to be the case in ''VideoGame/{{Serena}}'' although at at first their marriage is portrayed as idyllic [[spoiler: it soon becomes clear the marriage had some serious issues and unresolved tensions. At first the player is led to believe the protagonist murdered his wife....especially after he goes into the rage moodshift - and even he himself believes this at one point which is what finally snaps him out of his fury and causes him to become remorseful and despairing instead. Turns out that Serena was actually the abusive/controlling one and he didn't kill her at all. Serena on the other hand ''is'' guilty of murder, and it's strongly implied not only murdered him and hid the body in the armoire, but comes back at the end to burn the cabin down to hide the evidence.]]

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* This trope turns out to be the case in ''VideoGame/{{Serena}}'' although at at first their marriage is portrayed as idyllic [[spoiler: it soon becomes clear the marriage had some serious issues and unresolved tensions. At first the player is led to believe the protagonist murdered his wife....wife... especially after he goes into the rage moodshift - and even he himself believes this at one point which is what finally snaps him out of his fury and causes him to become remorseful and despairing instead. Turns out that Serena was actually the abusive/controlling one and he didn't kill her at all. Serena on the other hand ''is'' guilty of murder, and it's strongly implied not only murdered him and hid the body in the armoire, but comes back at the end to burn the cabin down to hide the evidence.]]
2nd Oct '16 10:53:31 AM nombretomado
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* Very odd subversion from EdgarAllanPoe 's ''The Premature Burial''. A young French woman named Victorine LaFourcade was seeing a poor journalist named Julien Bossuet, but she caved in to pressure from her wealthy family and dumped him, and ended up marrying a well-known banker. Her marriage to him was [[DomesticAbuse abusive and unhappy]], and she apparently fell ill and died after many years of putting up with the banker's abuse. Julien went to her grave to take a lock of her hair as a memento, only to find that she was not actually dead; she had only been mistaken for dead and BuriedAlive! He took her home and nursed her back to health, and the two eloped to America together. They returned to France some 20 years later, and Victorine's former husband recognized her, and tried to claim her back, though she refused to go back to him. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The court ruled in ''her'' favor because of the unusual circumstances and the number of years that had passed.]]

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* Very odd subversion from EdgarAllanPoe Creator/EdgarAllanPoe 's ''The Premature Burial''. A young French woman named Victorine LaFourcade was seeing a poor journalist named Julien Bossuet, but she caved in to pressure from her wealthy family and dumped him, and ended up marrying a well-known banker. Her marriage to him was [[DomesticAbuse abusive and unhappy]], and she apparently fell ill and died after many years of putting up with the banker's abuse. Julien went to her grave to take a lock of her hair as a memento, only to find that she was not actually dead; she had only been mistaken for dead and BuriedAlive! He took her home and nursed her back to health, and the two eloped to America together. They returned to France some 20 years later, and Victorine's former husband recognized her, and tried to claim her back, though she refused to go back to him. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The court ruled in ''her'' favor because of the unusual circumstances and the number of years that had passed.]]
8th May '16 4:12:53 PM Kid
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** Jewish women who aren’t granted a ''get'' (Jewish divorce) from a missing husband are called ''‘agunot''[[note]]עֲגוּנוֹת, lit. ‘anchored’[[/note]]. They have several solutions to avoid this situation. For instance, according to traditional interpretation, King David did not sin when sleeping with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathsheba Bathsheba]], as her husband divorced her before going to war (as was, according to Jewish interpreters, standard practice back in the day), lest he were captured and she would become an ''‘aguna''; so, [[LoopholeAbuse technically]], King David did not sleep with a married woman, which is a sin punishable by death according to the Old Testament laws.

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** Jewish women who aren’t granted a ''get'' (Jewish divorce) from a missing husband are called ''‘agunot''[[note]]עֲגוּנוֹת, lit. ‘anchored’[[/note]]. They have several solutions to avoid this situation. For instance, according to traditional interpretation, King David did not sin when sleeping with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathsheba Bathsheba]], as her husband divorced her before going to war (as was, according to Jewish interpreters, standard practice back in the day), lest he were captured and she would become an ''‘aguna''; ''aguna''; so, [[LoopholeAbuse technically]], King David did not sleep with a married woman, which is a sin punishable by death according to the Old Testament laws.



** "Divorce Italian Style" (after which the movie mentioned above is named) was Italian slang for "man wants to get rid of his wife, so he arranges for her to sleep with a friend, catches them in the act, murders her and gets away with a slap on the wrist". The action stopped being committed after the Italian law admitted divorce (and an attempt to get the law abrogated by referendum [[EpicFail was sunk when the vast majority of Italians voted to keep it]]) in 1974, but the relevant law remained on the books until 1981

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** "Divorce Italian Style" (after which the movie mentioned above is named) was Italian slang for "man wants to get rid of his wife, so he arranges for her to sleep with a friend, catches them in the act, murders her and gets away with a slap on the wrist". The action stopped being committed after the Italian law admitted permitted divorce (and an attempt to get the law abrogated by referendum [[EpicFail was sunk when the vast majority of Italians voted to keep it]]) in 1974, but the relevant law remained on the books until 1981
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8th May '16 4:07:55 PM Kid
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* ''If Thems The Rules'', [[DepravedHomosexual Arcturus Black]] poisons his wife, [[SettledForGay Mela]][[TheBeard nia]] so he could be free to seduce [[CelibateHero Harry]].

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* ''If Thems The Rules'', [[DepravedHomosexual Arcturus Black]] poisons his wife, [[SettledForGay Mela]][[TheBeard nia]] nia]], so he could be free to seduce [[CelibateHero Harry]].
15th Feb '16 1:31:49 PM MsChibi
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* In ''Literature/TheRedTent'', Laban's treatment of Ruti has been just [[DomesticAbuse beyond awful]], and Ruti is living in a society where only men can initiate divorce, so when she just can't take it anymore, she [[DrivenToSuicide slits her wrists]] by a dry riverbed.

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* In ''Literature/TheRedTent'', Laban's treatment of Ruti has been just [[DomesticAbuse beyond awful]], and Ruti is living in a society where only men can initiate divorce, divorce [[note]] And even if Laban ''did'' divorce her, she would be at a disadvantage, because she (like most women of that time and place) is uneducated and does not have a job outside the home, and doesn't seem to have a family she could rely on or go back to (or going back would be seen as shameful and her family would not take her back), and would be shamed for being a divorcee and so find it ''much'' harder to remarry or start over. [[/note]], so when she just can't take it anymore, she [[DrivenToSuicide slits her wrists]] by a dry riverbed.
12th Jan '16 7:50:52 PM Katsuhagi
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* This trope turns out to be the case in ''VideoGame/{{Serena}}'' although at at first their marriage is portrayed as idyllic [[spoiler: it soon becomes clear the marriage had some serious issues and unresolved tensions. At first the player is led to believe the protagonist murdered his wife....especially after he goes into the rage moodshift - and even he himself believes this at one point which is what finally snaps him out of his fury and causes him to become remorseful and despairing instead. Turns out that Serena was actually the abusive/controlling one and he didn't kill her at all. Serena on the other hand ''is'' guilty of murder]]

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* This trope turns out to be the case in ''VideoGame/{{Serena}}'' although at at first their marriage is portrayed as idyllic [[spoiler: it soon becomes clear the marriage had some serious issues and unresolved tensions. At first the player is led to believe the protagonist murdered his wife....especially after he goes into the rage moodshift - and even he himself believes this at one point which is what finally snaps him out of his fury and causes him to become remorseful and despairing instead. Turns out that Serena was actually the abusive/controlling one and he didn't kill her at all. Serena on the other hand ''is'' guilty of murder]]murder, and it's strongly implied not only murdered him and hid the body in the armoire, but comes back at the end to burn the cabin down to hide the evidence.]]
4th Dec '15 4:27:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''DoubleJeopardy'' has the heroine's husband die in an accident and her getting wrongly convicted for murdering him. Turns out he was simply FakingTheDead, starting a new life with a new wife -- whom he has already murdered, by the time the heroine finds out.

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* ''DoubleJeopardy'' ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'' has the heroine's husband die in an accident and her getting wrongly convicted for murdering him. Turns out he was simply FakingTheDead, starting a new life with a new wife -- whom he has already murdered, by the time the heroine finds out.



* In ''TheRedTent'', Laban's treatment of Ruti has been just [[DomesticAbuse beyond awful]], and Ruti is living in a society where only men can initiate divorce, so when she just can't take it anymore, she [[DrivenToSuicide slits her wrists]] by a dry riverbed.
* A rather complicated example from ''TheSilmarillion'': Finwë's wife Míriel dies in childbirth, but due to the way souls work in Valinor could come back. However, Finwë falls in love with Indis, and one of the stipulations for him remarrying is that Míriel is ''never'' allowed to return to life, because according to the laws of the Valar Finwë can't have two living wives at the same time. After he is later murdered, this leads him to give up his chance to come back to return Míriel to life.

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* In ''TheRedTent'', ''Literature/TheRedTent'', Laban's treatment of Ruti has been just [[DomesticAbuse beyond awful]], and Ruti is living in a society where only men can initiate divorce, so when she just can't take it anymore, she [[DrivenToSuicide slits her wrists]] by a dry riverbed.
* A rather complicated example from ''TheSilmarillion'': ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Finwë's wife Míriel dies in childbirth, but due to the way souls work in Valinor could come back. However, Finwë falls in love with Indis, and one of the stipulations for him remarrying is that Míriel is ''never'' allowed to return to life, because according to the laws of the Valar Finwë can't have two living wives at the same time. After he is later murdered, this leads him to give up his chance to come back to return Míriel to life.



* In one early episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', a beautiful man is [[VictimOfTheWeek dead]]. It quickly turns out that his landlady was an alcoholic who had the hots for him and also had a pedophile boyfriend ''and'' a daughter. (The daughter is [[DawsonCasting clearly adult]], but probably supposed to be 16 or so, making the [[{{Ephebophile}} pedophile label inaccurate in a plot-relevant way]].) It is quickly established that the man died protecting the girl from the "pedophile". This later turns out to be a lie: The girl was in love with the man, but he was about to leave the country and refused to take her with him. And she couldn't bear the thought to live without him. So her mind snapped, and she killed him.
* ''Highlander: The Raven'' had an episode where Amanda's former husband (a fellow Immortal she only married to save her own neck) turns up. They fight and when she had him dead to rights, he pleaded "I'm your husband." She answers "I want a divorce" and offs his head.

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* In one early episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', a beautiful man is [[VictimOfTheWeek dead]]. It quickly turns out that his landlady was an alcoholic who had the hots for him and also had a pedophile boyfriend ''and'' a daughter. (The daughter is [[DawsonCasting clearly adult]], but probably supposed to be 16 or so, making the [[{{Ephebophile}} pedophile label inaccurate in a plot-relevant way]].) It is quickly established that the man died protecting the girl from the "pedophile". This later turns out to be a lie: The girl was in love with the man, but he was about to leave the country and refused to take her with him. And she couldn't bear the thought to live without him. So her mind snapped, and she killed him.
* ''Highlander: The Raven'' ''Series/HighlanderTheRaven'' had an episode where Amanda's former husband (a fellow Immortal she only married to save her own neck) turns up. They fight and when she had him dead to rights, he pleaded "I'm your husband." She answers "I want a divorce" and offs his head.



* SheDaisey has a song called "A Night to Remember" He has an affair, she finds out and kills them both. The chorus states the the couple "promised him/her forever, 'till death due us part."

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* SheDaisey Music/SheDaisey has a song called "A Night to Remember" He has an affair, she finds out and kills them both. The chorus states the the couple "promised him/her forever, 'till death due us part."
9th Nov '15 12:24:52 AM JoeMerl
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** Also, since divorce doesn't really fit the time period, the only way that Victor and Victoria could be together is if her evil husband dies. In this case, he accidentally kills himself.
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