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Sunday, March 06, 2005

A Case of Misleading Advertising?

An Iranian woman wants a divorce. Her husband used to be a clean freak, but now he's so dirty and stinky that even their children do not want to be near him. [thanks to BrianF for the link]

She said he "does not like water and does not want to take a shower. He doesn't even wash when he wakes up in the morning."

She said that when they first married, he had an obsessive compulsion to stay clean.

To the extent that marriage is a contract, this sounds like a case of breach of contract. But marriage is usually more than a simple contract because people change; it would be extremely costly, if not impossible, to specify all the possible contingencies. It makes me wonder: how much change is acceptable within the extended terms of the marriage contract?

A legal expert told the AFP news agency that being smelly was not a valid reason for divorce in Iran.

But Mina could argue it had caused her to hate her husband so much that she could no longer live with him, which would meet the criteria.

Hate is adequate grounds for divorce; smell isn't. [for many links to mid-east events, visit The Emirates Economist]
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