We're accustomed to people battling over kids, houses and bank accounts,
but some of the items below boggle the mind with their eccentricity, specificity
and downright meanness (see kidney). These 8 things people have fought
over in a divorce cover everything from pets to a future Nobel Prize win.
For people who didn’t want the actual item back, many asked to be
reimbursed the alleged cash value of the items, such as a designer shoe
collection in one case (1200 pairs!) and a single breast implant (to the
tune of $2,750) in another.
(Another fun one? An Australian woman claimed her house was haunted to
drop its value in the settlement.)
Without further ado, 8 Odd Things Fought Over in Divorce Settlements:
1. The "Hoff"
In addition to stipulating he kept his golf cart, Kit-driving-ex-TV-lifeguard
David Hasselhoff successfully negotiated the exclusive use of his nickname
"Hoff" (as well as rights to the bumper sticker directive "Don't
Hassle the Hoff") away from ex-wife Pamela Bach. It's important
to have priorities.
2. The House
What's so weird about fighting over a house, you ask? Nothing...except
when you decide to
physically split it in two. A Cambodian man did just that, dragging half to his parents' property
while leaving his wife and kids with the other. And how did he split his
residence in two? With saws and some up-for-anything relatives. Apparently
the man was disgruntled over an affair his wife was allegedly having with
a local policeman.
After the court awarded the family home to his wife, an Australian man
was forced to dig up his deceased parents and move their remains off the
property. The judge's rationale was that while the wife couldn’t
afford to move to a location of comparable quality, the husband, who made
$160,000 per year, could.
4. Asparagus Tongs
OK, not JUST asparagus tongs - also an exercise bike, juicer, rosebushes
and a butcher's block. And who demanded these must-have items? Answer:
Actor Dennis Hopper's estranged wife, who was in the process of divorcing
him when he died.
5. Justin Bieber
He makes Beliebers of us all. When singer-actress-songwriter Christina
Milian split from her husband The Dream, she demanded 10 percent of the
publishing rights to "Baby," the smash hit they co-wrote with
Bieber, Tricky Stewart and Ludicris.
6. A Kidney
When you're in love, you want to give your partner the world - and
in some cases, "the world" translates to a kidney. Such was
the case for Dr. Richard Batista of Long Island, NY. But when his marriage
fell apart, Dr. Batista
sued for the recovery of said kidney or a lump sum payment of $1.5 million. Luckily for Mrs. Batista, the court
found this patently ridiculous, not to mention illegal - New York State
prohibits the sale of human organs.
7. A Catfish
Massachusetts couple Peter and Jane Picknelly had many issues in their
marriage including a difference of opinion on their giant, 6 pound catfish
Pinky. While Jane considered Pinky beautiful, Peter called it "the
ugliest thing you ever saw in your life." Large and in-charge Pinky,
however, required a large habitat in which to live, and Peter - who was
keeping the house - would have none of it. And when Jane moved into a
one-bedroom apartment, Peter forced Jane to take Pinky with her. Consequently,
Pinky was forced to live in a much smaller tank with another fish, after
which he had a heart attack and died.
8. A (Presumptive) Nobel Prize
In 1995, Robert Lucas won the Nobel Prize in Economics. What should have
been a moment of pure joy, however, was somewhat marred by the fact his
previously negotiated for half of any future win in their 1988 divorce settlement. He's not the first, however: Albert
Einstein had to fork over his entire windfall from his 1921 win in physics
to his ex.
What's the oddest thing you’ve ever heard of being fought over
in a divorce? Share in the comments below!