Here’s the opening sentence from the Mississippi Court of Appeals’ decision this week in Fore v. Fore:

After a five-day divorce trial, Darlene and Cotton Fore found themselves still married.

That’s great writing by Judge Gene Fair. Accurate, descriptive, funny and leaving the reader wanting to know more.

The case dealt with both the husband and wife suing for divorce based on grounds of adultery. Chancery Judge Jim Persons ruled against both–neither proved adultery.

I’m not a divorce lawyer, so I don’t get it.

If they both wanted a divorce, why have a trial? Why not just agree to an irreconcilable differences divorce? Bragging rights?

At least both sets of lawyers can claim to have successfully defended a divorce case after a five day trial.