Marriages breakdown all the time, some even shortly after the ceremony, but usually there is a logical reasoning behind it. It could be high expectations or some sort of misunderstanding that leads to irreconcilable differences. Sometimes, it is probably just a moment of clarity.
In Saudi Arabia, however, a man reportedly demanded divorce minutes after the nuptials because his new wife wasn’t paying attention to him. As Gulf News reports, the argument took place immediately after the couple moved into their hotel room following the wedding. The bride was responding to her friends’ and other people’s congratulatory text messages when the groom asked her to put her phone down — a request she swiftly declined.
“As soon as the bride was in the room, she kept using her mobile,” a relative told Saudi newspaper Al Watan. “Her groom tried to get closer with her and become more intimate, but he was shocked when she ignored him, not responding to his words and action.”
Apparently, when he proceeded to ask if her friends were more important than he was, she answered that they were. Unsurprisingly, her response led to a completely new argument, which ended with the groom threatening to file a divorce before storming out of the hotel.
The court referred the case to a reconciliation committee, but the groom refused to withdraw his divorce demand and insisted on the split, according to the reports.
“Misunderstandings, differences in views and the easy approach to marriage without a deep appreciation of the responsibilities are among the major causes for divorce among young people,” warned legal expert Ahmad Al Maabi. “Marriages are bound to fail when there are no robust foundations or trust.”
Saudi Arabia, in recent years, has seen a sharp spike (around 50 percent) in divorce rates, especially among newlyweds.