Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Marriage as a Lottery?

Some people may think they win the lottery solely by marrying their soul mates.  Others may think, in the age of high divorce rates, that to achieve life-long marriage is to hit the jackpot.  A recent newspaper article in Bermuda, however, suggests that divorce laws favoring near equal property division between spouses, particularly in the United Kingdom (as covered in a recent post), transform marriage into a big lotto payday upon divorce.  From the view of higher income spouses, therefore, one needs to potentially pay to play in the marriage game.  From the view of lower income spouses, there may be an incentive to view marriage as a career choice, or lotto ticket.  Marriage as a lottery--quite the multi-layered metaphor!

Luckily, it's still a more pleasant lottery to play than Shirley Jackson's.



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