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In defence of the 'gold digger'

Thompson, Sharon ORCID: 2016. In defence of the 'gold digger'. Oñati Socio-Legal Series 6 (6) , pp. 1225-1248.

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This article examines the gold-digging trope in family law. It explores the etymology of the term and how it has been employed in cultural and legal contexts, such as media, parliamentary debates and case law. It is argued that the gold-digger construct has shifted, in that it was once applied only to women who formed relationships with men for financial gain, but is now used against all women in the context of modern equality claims in family law, regardless of their intentions. Today, the gold-digger is any woman who seeks a fair share of family assets on divorce, and the concept informs ideas not only of claims to financial relief on divorce, but also the enforceability of prenuptial agreements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family law, marriage, gender, prenuptial agreements, financial provision on divorce, Derecho de familia, matrimonio, género, acuerdos prematrimoniales, provisión financiera en caso de divorcio
Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
ISSN: 2079-5971
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 November 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 September 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 15:36

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