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Guy Who Sought Trial by Combat Now Has an Appointment

A judge weighs in on the case of David Ostrom

(Newser) - An Iowa judge has ordered a psychological evaluation of a Kansas man who asked the judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can "rend their souls" from their bodies, the AP reports. David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas,... More »

The Royal Hits Just Keep Coming

Queen's nephew announces he and wife of 26 years are getting divorced

(Newser) - The Earl and Countess of Snowdon are splitting up after 26 years of marriage. Queen Elizabeth II's nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, and his wife, Serena, are the second royal couple to announce their divorce within a week, following the Queen's eldest grandson and his Canadian wife. The earl and... More »

More Bad News for the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II's eldest grandson to divorce

(Newser) - The first of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren is to become a divorcee. Peter Phillips—the son of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips—has separated from his Canadian wife, Autumn, after 12 years of marriage , according to a Tuesday statement. The couple said "the decision to... More »

Man Asks Court to Let Him Settle Divorce Dispute With Swords

He wants to meet ex-wife 'on field of battle'

(Newser) - A divorced Kansas man who wants to talk to his children more often probably hasn't helped his cause by asking a court to let him kill his ex-wife and her attorney with a sword. According to court records seen by the Carroll Times Herald , 40-year-old David Ostrom asked a... More »

Wife of Papa John's Founder: It's Over

M. Annette Cox files for divorce from John Schnatter after 32 years as husband and wife

(Newser) - The "finest human being" John Schnatter says he's ever met has filed for divorce from him. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that M. Annette Cox, 59, submitted paperwork Thursday in Kentucky to end her marriage to the 57-year-old Papa John's founder. Schnatter stepped down as CEO in early... More »

Palin: I Found Out About Divorce Plans in an Email

From her husband's lawyer

(Newser) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she learned her husband was seeking a divorce in an email from his attorney. The revelation came in an interview released Tuesday with Family Talk Christian ministry founder James Dobson, who said the interview had been conducted previously. Palin says she received an email... More »

A Month After Filing, Ilhan Omar's Divorce Is Final

Congresswoman cited an 'irretrievable breakdown' of her marriage

(Newser) - Rep. Ilhan Omar has officially divorced from her husband in Minnesota, just a month after she filed a petition saying there was an "irretrievable breakdown" in their marriage, the AP reports. Omar and Ahmed Hirsi had been married since January 2018 but were longtime partners. Omar says Hirsi is... More »

Ian Ziering on Split From Wife: We've 'Grown Apart'

Erin Ziering says her husband asked her 'multiple times' for a divorce, says she now feels 'peaceful'

(Newser) - It's the end of the line for a 90210 alum and his wife: People reports that Ian Ziering and Erin Kristine Ludwig—parents to two young daughters, 8-year-old Mia and 6-year-old Penna—are terminating their marriage after nearly a decade together. "It is with a heavy heart that... More »

Amid Affair Rumors, a Divorce Filing by Ilhan Omar

Minnesota congresswoman splits from husband Ahmed Hirsi, has denied affair allegations

(Newser) - She recently denied both an affair and the end of her marriage, but now the latter is getting some confirmation. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed for divorce on Friday from Ahmed Hirsi in Minnesota, reports the New York Post , which was also the first to report on an alleged affair between... More »

Man Sues Wife's Lover, Wins $750K

Case was brought under 'alienation of affection' law

(Newser) - Only time can heal a broken heart—but for a North Carolina man whose wife of 12 years left him for another man, a $750,000 judgment against her lover might help. Kevin Howard won the lawsuit against the other man under the state's "alienation of affection" law,... More »

Zooey Deschanel Splits With Husband

'New Girl' star and Jacob Pechenik are calling it quits after 4 years of marriage

(Newser) - The star of New Girl has a new marital status: E! News reports that actress and singer Zooey Deschanel has split from her husband of four years, producer Jacob Pechenik. "After much discussion and a long period of contemplation, we have decided we are better off as friends, business... More »

Woman's Ex, His Girlfriend Ordered to Pay Her $3.2M

Elizabeth Clark alleged libel, revenge porn, and alienation-of-affection

(Newser) - As far as marriage implosions go, Elizabeth Clark described a pretty horrific one—and she's now walking away with $3.2 million for her troubles. The Fayetteville, NC, woman was on Monday awarded that amount by a jury, to be paid by her ex-husband and his new partner, in... More »

India Is Banning 'Instant Divorce' for Muslims

Men had been allowed to end marriages by saying 'Divorce' three times

(Newser) - Indian lawmakers have approved a bill to end the Muslim practice of instant divorce, two years after the country's Supreme Court ruled that it violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill's approval by the upper house of Parliament reflects the... More »

Christian Who Wrote Anti-Dating Book: 'I Am Not a Christian'

Joshua Harris getting divorced, apologizing to LGBT community, saying dating actually is OK

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, he wrote a popular Christian guide to relationships that said dating—including holding hands, kissing, and couples spending time alone together—was bad and a "training ground" for divorce. Now, after pointing out the "flaws" more than a year ago in his I ... More »

Matt Lauer's Wife Files for Divorce

Annette Roque to reportedly receive $20M in assets

(Newser) - It’s splitsville for Matt Lauer and his wife, former Dutch model Annette Roque. Roque filed for divorce in a New York state court on Tuesday, nearly two years after Lauer was fired by NBC following sexual misconduct claims. The "uncontested" divorce is awaiting judicial review before it is... More »

Mad Men Creator Ends 28-Year Marriage

Matthew Weiner files for divorce from Linda Brettler

(Newser) - They made it through the Don Draper years together, but their marriage is now going the same route as the Mad Men character's own. The Blast reports Matthew Weiner, creator of the hit AMC show, filed for divorce Wednesday from wife Linda Brettler after almost three decades of marriage.... More »

Talk About a Fish Tale: This One's a Doozy

Divorced man attaches wedding ring to fish, and it's re-caught at a tournment

(Newser) - "I didn't know steelhead get married," a fisherman quipped Friday after a fish was pulled from Lake Michigan with a wedding band fixed to its tail with a zip-tie. The Chicago Sun-Times unravels the mystery: Four years after his divorce, fishing guide Jason Rose felt his wedding... More »

After Divorce, Guy Gets Bad News About $80M Jackpot

Writing her that $15M check won't be easy

(Newser) - Is Richard Zelasko lucky or unlucky? In 2013, the Michigan man won a stunning $80 million Mega Millions jackpot—nearly $39 million, after fees and taxes—but is now being forced to share it with his ex-wife, CNN reports. The timing is key, because Zelasko filed for divorce from Mary... More »

'Gray' Divorces Are On the Rise

Younger couples are sticking it out, but for those 55 and older, divorce rates are increasing

(Newser) - "Till death do us part" seems to have less meaning for those who are currently closer to that endpoint than others. The Wall Street Journal reports on some news out of Bowling Green State University, whose National Center for Family & Marriage Research recently did some research on marriage... More »

Borat Claims New Victim: Pam Anderson, Kid Rock's Marriage

Sacha Baron Cohen says his movie, which Anderson co-starred in, did the couple in

(Newser) - The reasons why couples split up are often a complicated mixture of daily irritations and larger issues, but for Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, there was one main impetus: Borat, USA Today reports. That's according to Sacha Baron Cohen, who appeared on an installment of the Daily Beast's... More »

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