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8th May '16 4:12:53 PM Kid
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** Jewish women who arenít granted a ''get'' (Jewish divorce) from a missing husband are called ''Ďagunot''[[note]]עֲגוּנוֹת, lit. Ďanchoredí[[/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 ''Ďaguna''; 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 arenít granted a ''get'' (Jewish divorce) from a missing husband are called ''Ďagunot''[[note]]עֲגוּנוֹת, lit. Ďanchoredí[[/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 ''Ďaguna''; ''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.
30th Sep '15 11:44:03 PM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is prone to this. Once you married a spouse, you are not allowed to divorce through normal means, the only possibly way to divoice is to outright kill him/her. Averted if you used [[MasterConsole Console Command]] to reset relationship rank and the marriage quest.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is prone to this. Once you married a spouse, you are not allowed to divorce through normal means, the only possibly way to divoice is to outright kill him/her. [[spoiler: Averted if you used [[MasterConsole Console Command]] to reset relationship rank and the marriage quest. quest.]]
30th Sep '15 11:43:13 PM Mhazard
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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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\n* This trope turns out to be the case in "VideoGame/{{Serena}} ''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]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is prone to this. Once you married a spouse, you are not allowed to divorce through normal means, the only possibly way to divoice is to outright kill him/her. Averted if you used [[MasterConsole Console Command]] to reset relationship rank and the marriage quest.
6th Aug '15 11:37:56 PM Adept
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* In ''{{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 ''{{Ooku}}'', ''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.]]
19th Jun '15 9:32:27 PM nombretomado
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* KateDaniels series: Kate mediates a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Pack]] divorce dispute between [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], who traditionally mate for life. A young married wolf couple were separated for years, during which time both spouses fell in love with other people. The spouses now want to marry their new partners while joining a new pack, but their families are horrified at the idea of divorce. Kate is stumped until Curran suggests a Pack law saying "any [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] joining the Pack has a one-time right to a new identity. If the husband didn't use it when he joined, declare him officially dead and let him rejoin under a new name. His former wife will officially be a widow."

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\n* KateDaniels Literature/KateDaniels series: Kate mediates a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Pack]] divorce dispute between [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], who traditionally mate for life. A young married wolf couple were separated for years, during which time both spouses fell in love with other people. The spouses now want to marry their new partners while joining a new pack, but their families are horrified at the idea of divorce. Kate is stumped until Curran suggests a Pack law saying "any [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] joining the Pack has a one-time right to a new identity. If the husband didn't use it when he joined, declare him officially dead and let him rejoin under a new name. His former wife will officially be a widow."
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