Wikipedia on Divorce

Just for kicks I thought I would check out what Wikipedia says about divorce and got a few interesting tidbits and learned quite a bit. For one thing, I learned that “divorce existed in Antiquity dating back to the ancient Mesopatamia.” Why is that relevant? Dunno. Just thought I’d share it.
I also found out that in early Roman culture, the civil law “embraced the maxim, ‘matrimonia debent esse libera’ (‘marriages ought to be free’), and either husband or wife could renounce the marriage at will.”  I defy you to tell your hubby this one day when you’re mad. It’s kind of saying you want a divorce but he won’t know what you’re talking about so if you’re not sure, it allows you to take it back. The next time he annoys you just go, “matrimonia debent esse libera!”
Probably one of the most interesting bits of Wikipedia divorce info that I found is that divorce is not “permitted in some countries, such as in Malta and in the Philippines, though an annulment is permitted.” I wonder what’s up with that? Is it the Catholic Church’s influence or what?
But, so, here is the most intriguing bit of Wikipedia divorce info. In countries like Portugal, you can serve your spouse electronically. What does that mean? I have no clue. I imagine it might mean you can email him or her and say you want a divorce, or send them a message via YOUTUBE or FACEBOOK, or send a text message or something like that.  Maybe you can even fax the notice. Who knows? But it is interesting, isn’t it? Because in New York you cannot get a divorce unless you prove your spouse has been PERSONALLY SERVED. If you can’t personally serve your spouse you literally have to get permission from the court to serve by publication. So this idea of serving by electronic means in Portugal is really, really inneresting.