My great grandparents were divorced in 1906 in upstate New York. He was charged with adultery and did not contest the divorce. In the decree, which I have in my possession, My GGrandmother is allowed to remarry as if her former husband is deceased. On the other hand He is prohibited from remarrying until her actual death! Was this common or is something special going on here? He had to pay her court costs and $2.50 a week for the support of his son. From the view of 2016 this looks really strange.