Gold digger or an equal partner?
Who do the assets built during the tenure of a marriage belong to? Ask this question in India and you get different answers depending on religion and marriage act
Popular jokes on divorce portray women as grasping, money-minded gold diggers who clean out the assets of the hard-working man. But look around you—how many such cases do you see? I see the woman who leaves her job to make a family, while the man goes out to work and achieve his career goals. Sometimes, he strikes it very rich, moves to another league of people, products and lifestyle. The wife is suddenly boring and un-classy. He has an affair. She finds out. He has the money and the might. Threatens to take away the kids. She says just let me have custody of the kids, and gives up on her share of the assets built over the life of the marriage. She walks away with no money, with bills to pay and children to bring up. This story has played out so often that it deters divorce in the super rich. The woman knows she will walk away with almost nothing and prefers to stay on.