Why would a man wait 18+ years to divorce his wife?

Anonymous
They have 3 children and a couple months after their youngest one turned 18 (the others are 25 and 22), he divorced her, packed his bag and moved to another state.

This is how my neighbor's wife was like
- Bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder)
- Verbally antagonizing
- At times physical too (saw her once smacking him several times on the head with a newspaper, while yelling and insulting him too)
- Used to drink too much
- One of my friends commented she would throw dishes around the house too
- Criticizing her children many times, along with put-downs

Why would he wait that long to get out? Why did he waited till their last child turned 18?
Why would a man wait 18+ years to divorce his wife?
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