What I can't get is why so many seem to still get married in the first place. I have had all kinds of relationships, the longest over ten years, but I never entered into marriage, so when it was time to split up, it was not that complicated, usually the arguments was about more costly items being bought together, with no clear paper trail who it belonged to. But the costs were never anything of major importance compared to the pain of the breakup, so regardless of who got what, it was not something I would think about long afterwards as a life effecting loss. Houses were either bought by one party, so nothing to fight about or formally shared, so easy to split, either the leaving party selling its half to the one who stays, or selling it and splitting the cash when the value and thus how much half of it would be could not be agreed upon. What was mine is mine, what was hers is hers, and only the undefined items would be up for negotiations, in most cases a peaceful agreement could be reached, the one case where it couldn't. I let her have most of it and moved on in life, she had bought the farm, and I all the cars, the horses and all random tools and equipment needed for the place. In the end I just drove of with the station wagons keeping most of the computer equipment, and left the horses, the pickup and everything thing else farm related for her. I didn't have much need for it anyways since I was moving to a city in another country. So yes a bit of a loss from a financial point of view, but not something that keeps me up at nights. And believe it or not we are still in touch every now on then on FB 15 years later
So at least for me I have never had a split up, where I felt that it had a major hit to my economy.
I guess one thing that made it easier was that I have always avoided having kids. Some of my partners had previous kids, but I was never expected to take any responsibility for them after the split up. Either they were cared for solely by the mother, or the father was already paying child support.
So at least when there are no shared kids involved, marriage seems to be counter intuitive, and opening you up to financial ruin.
Don't take it the wrong way, I am not trying to mock people that got married and then burned, Im more curious as to why so many people still get married especially when there are no kids involved. Not saying it is wrong, more curious about the why?
OP, you said it yourself, you avoided kids so it made it easier for you. I think the common 'take the house' situation is when a couple get together (regardless if they marry or not), she stops working to have kids and is a stay at home mum and then they split up and if she's still caring for the kids (ie has sole custody) or is still a homemaker after a long time, she usually gets a big part of the property settlement on account that she has ongoing care of dependent kids or if not, probably now less employable and has none of her own superannuation.
Personally, I'm a bit jaded by the whole marriage bit...just seems a piece of paper/one off celebration to me and nothing more but others surely may have a different view.
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Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
What's a poor man do when the blues keep following him around.(Smoking Dynamite)
This question was not at all intended to diss on other people's life choices, it was triggered by so often seeing harsh comments such as my western partner skinned me, sometimes referring to multiple occurrences of it, thus I will never have a relationship with a western woman again. It was not intended to question who you should partner up with, just curious as to why so man seems to have gone through such bad experiences in their previous lives.
In Cambodia, I only once dated a woman with significantly less income than me, and that did not last long for other reasons.
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Just speaking through the eyes of missus. She says everything feels different now. Before marriage everything could disappear at any time, but now there is a sense of certainty, shared identity, closeness. And it makes me happy.
Would a girl feel different if she was a taxi girl instead of lily white before? No idea.
So it is in Indonesia for example, so the inherited land of the Indonesian one doesn't benefit to the foreign one, therefore getting ownership after the Indonesian one in case he disappear first. I assume it's not the only country with protectionist laws like this ? What about Cambodia and neighbors ?
Foreigners cannot own land, but can lease it. What will be built upon will get back to the land owner, wife or else. I've seen people dismantling everything of a locally-built house except wall and roof in bad separations cases. Wires, plumbing, tiling, windows, doors....