Abdul Alhazred wrote:Let's put this modulo avoidable nastiness while understanding that politics is primarily about economic interests.
Democrats assume that men and women have antagonistic economic interests, even when married to each other.
They forget that by law, half a man's income belongs to his wife. So that (for example) a housewife whose husband makes $80,000 has an annual income of $40,000 not zero.
That's by law. In practice more, especially with children.
OK, here's what I could find:http://family.findlaw.com/marriage/what ... at-in.html
It differs from state to state. 9 states are so-called "community property states" which are more or less as you state: the money earned by either spouse
is jointly owned by both spouses. So it also applies if the roles are reversed and the woman is the breadwinner, or if they both earn significant incomes. But that leaves 41 other states called "common law property states" where basically the finances can be separate as far as I can tell. In the "community property states" debts are also equally owned, so any loans, mortgages or credit card debt incurred by either spouse during the marriage, both spouses are liable for.
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