June 5, 2007


Meant To Say 'I Don't'...

Two divorce stories in the news lately have been rather interesting, in that the ex-wife in each case was awarded gobs of cash. In one in Chicago, $184 million, in another in London, England, 48 million pounds (for arguments' sake, let's call that $100 million).

Ah. Dividing up the spoils of marriage after the marriage has spoiled.

I am often perched on a fence regarding this issue...but only in one regard. In both of these cases, we're talking the first wife who raised the kids, a long term (about 30 years) marriage, and a self-made couple. Note I said 'couple', not 'man'. We're also talking about lots and lots of capital. More than enough for two, one would think.

I don't believe in alimony. I don't believe in believing that someone else is going to be willing, or able, to support you for the rest of your life. That's just my view - I also believe in a couple deciding before they choose a china pattern the smaller things - like if they're gonna have kids, and how those kids are going to be raised. And who is going to work, and how. But the judges got it right - you share the losses, you share the profits.

These two couples seemed to set a course for success on two simultaneous fronts: one would conquer the business world, while the other would create and maintain the home base. The two are intwined, and 30 years later is too late to decide to untangle the concept. I don't care if you reverse the genders - these were partnerships. Pay up, lads.

In the second link, there is a very telling quote from the outa here hubby. He offered her a 20 million pound payout, which would be "impossible for any reasonable person to spend in their lifetime". And which graciously leaves himself something like 4 times that amount.

For we mere cretins at the lower end of the spectrum, divorce leaves everyone less well off and the concept of dithering over multi-millions just seems absurd. For someone to decide their ex-spouse is undeserving after 30 years of being wholly deserving just seems rude.

It's too bad courts in every country don't put more effort into defending minor children in instances of divorce. Everyone seems so willing to hop on the money wagon (including those of us who like reading this garbage), but it's unfortunate that children's issues can't be rectified as easily as taking a ruler and dividing things up the middle.

The money is easy.

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