Dealing with dueling lawyers is bad enough, but what if you also had to deal with the Idaho Legislature?
In the early days of Idaho Territory, couples seeking to split had to appear before the Legislature, which acted as a divorce court.
Here’s an example of what that might look like from an 1881 divorce:
“Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Idaho, as follows:
“Section 1. That the bonds of matrimony heretofore and now existing between Martin Fallon and Mary Fallon, his wife, be, and the same are hereby dissolved, and declared void.
“Section 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
“Approved February 9, 1881.”
No doubt we’d have a full-time Legislature today if that tradition had remained in place.