Becoming a chattel
Two women (or men) fall in love, they are 18 and penniless.
Three years later they marry.
They both work but also start their own business.
At 27 they start a family and decide that one will give up her career to bring up their family in the way they both want.
Business goes really well. One works full time while the other rears the growing family and supports her partner in the business.
At 45 the partner that works in the business full time has an affair and wants to end the marriage.
Now what do you think happens?
Their assets get split equally and both move house.
The partner who has control of the business gets a big mortgage and continues a very lavish lifestyle. The child rearer can not get a mortgage so lives frugally within her means.
But what about the business? The partner that cheated keeps the business while the other now non-skilled partner gets a payment each month from the business. The court decides 4% of the business profit. Which is just enough to live on, the cheating partner gets to keep 96% of a thriving business.
The law dictates that the partner that now owns the business can have intimate relationships and remarry without any consequence. The non skilled partner can only co-habit or remarry if she forgoes her monthly payments from the business (that she helped set up and enabled the controlling partner to succeed at whilst having a family as well). The controlling partner could opt for a final settlement but that doesn’t make financial sense, this way she has a loan that might just dissapear and has no interest. She also gets to control her ex’s life.
That is the law as it stands today for hetrosexuals. I don’t think gay people will stand for this in their relationships.
This happens in hetrosexual relationships because in uk law today women are regarded as chattels when they marry.
1. Law An article of movable personal property.
2. A slave.