How well do you know your partner? For one woman, the answer was: “not well at all.”
A couple in China filed for divorce after more than 20 years after tying the knot. The divorce proceedings involved an investigation into the couple’s finances. The woman (pseudonym Yu Hong) was shocked to discover that her husband, Qin Lan, had been hiding a huge secret from her for decades.
Qin Lan owned not one, not two, but 18 commercial properties. In total, his assets were worth 100 million yuan (approximately $14 million USD). During their marriage, Yu Hong had been a full-time homemaker and, as such, was dependent on her husband’s income.
In court, Yu Hong fought for her share of the assets, but Qin Lan described her as “just a housewife” who was not entitled to her cut because she did not do paid work. The court, however, rejected this claim and ruled it invalid.
I built my wealth. She is just a housewife who didn’t work.
— Qin Lan
It was also discovered that, in an attempt to avoid the payout, Qin Lan had gifted all 18 of his commercial properties to his daughter from a previous marriage. The court ordered Qin Lan’s daughter to return all the assets to her father so that they could be properly divided between Yu Hong and Qin Lan.
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