In recent weeks, in the Peoples’ Republic of China, the Chinese government has implemented a controversial turnaround in its age-old marriage laws, and get this, it’s in favor of men!
The internet and newspaper columns are rife in China now with talk of this new law, even cartoons showing women crying their eyes out, while their husbands look on with a smug grin on their face have been displayed everywhere; and it has to be said, when the Chinese government does finally do something, they do it big!
For many years now, there has been a social phenomenon that has been causing a great deal of grief within Chinese society. Traditionally, within Chinese culture, a Chinese woman could marry for financial reasons, i.e. she considered the man to simply be a good provider, and/or marrying the man would be status upgrade. This was perfectly acceptable in the culture, and no one would have thought any the less of her!
Everyone familiar with China, and Chinese marriage laws, will know that for quite a few decades the marriage laws, rightly or wrongly, have been in favor of the female in this fashion, for example, a woman could marry a rich man and then find an excuse to divorce him at a later stage, which led to ‘the gold digger’, who would then divorce and get half of everything of the mans (and more in many cases).
What is this new law? Well, here it is, and what an amazing groundbreaking law it is, not only in China, but in the entire modern developed world: If a Chinese woman marries a man, and then at a later stage gets divorced, if the man originally had bought the house, then he gets to keep the house… no matter what!
As Chinese wedding customs are so vastly different from western ones, it should be noted, that it’s the groom or the grooms family who usually must purchase the house before he can marry his bride. The house was a kind of guarantee to the bride that even if she got divorced, she would get something! But not anymore!
What does this mean for western men wishing to marry Chinese brides? One of two things:
1. Many Chinese females will finally stop marrying males for financial conditions and will marry for love…
Or, and most worryingly,…
2. Chinese women will start marrying more western men, as they know western marriage laws, and American marriage laws especially, will let them keep half or more!