Seriously, stupid conveniences bother me in reading and in television/movie viewing.
I was watching a tv show the other day. I won't say which so as to not overtly spoil anything. But there was a character whose estranged spouse conveniently showed up just to make this character's life more miserable/complicated and to complicate and effect the character's relationships with other characters.
I feel like this is a trope seen a lot and I'm a little tired of it. I'm tired of the characters just having up and left their lives without resolution on that past. There are so many ways the past can complicate the presence that we don't need a character who everyone thinks is single and then all of the sudden we find out they're really not.
Perhaps it's a symptom of the popularity through the years of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Perhaps. It also may just be a symptom of the lax views of marriage and family that are running rampant in today's world. In a world where divorce is easy to obtain and more and more seems to be the first answer rather than a last resort after a couple has tried all they can to repair the marriage, picking up and leaving may seem like the common answer to make a character relatable.
I don't know if it's true, but I do know that relationships can be so complicated without this easy answer for character development.