January 27th, 2013
I was just on Yahoo.com and I read an article about the latest news with the divorce of Tiger Woods. He got divorced a while ago for cheating LIKE CRAZY on his beautiful wife with many other women.
Note: Add and I already did a podcast about Tiger Woods and what happened with his wife. Here is the Tiger Woods podcast
Anyway, his wife found out about the cheating and obviously wanted to leave him. Tiger Woods is obviously a very rich and famous golfer. It’s no surprise that he has A LOT of money.
Cheating on your wife or husband is clearly a very bad thing to do (I think in any culture) but it’s an interesting topic because cheating is handled very differently all over the world. I wanted to have a little discussion here about this, teach some English, and get your thoughts and cultural opinions.
I don’t know all the laws in all western countries, but in Canada and the US, getting divorced is expensive! If you are the rich person, getting divorced can often cost you at least half of your money and assets. The reason for the divorce doesn’t even matter. If you are a rich guy and your wife cheats on you, she still gets half of your money. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. It’s the same if a man did that to a woman. (Mini English lesson: Cheating on your wife or husband is called having an “extra marital affair”) Sometimes people just use the word “affair” to make it simpler. Anyway, that’s what it means.
Do you think that is fair and reasonable? How does it work in your country? Should couples split money 50/50 for ANY reason in a divorce?
As many of you know from our podcasts, my girlfriend is from Seoul Korea. We were talking about this and she told me something that shocked me. She said that cheating on your husband or wife is illegal in South Korea. If you get caught doing it, it’s possible you go to jail for up to 2 years. I just read the same thing online. (I should believe her more when we talk. It’s my habit to always look up facts on the internet) I actually think it’s an interesting law. It’s new to me, but I think it makes sense. 2 years is a long time, but cheating is really horrible and it destroys families. It’s a difficult question. What do you guys think? How is this handled in your country? Any Koreans reading this want to comment? We’d love to hear from you! (And from everyone around the world too of course.)
Ok….. Back to Tiger Woods and his ex. She got a HUGE divorce settlement. (A “settlement” in this case means a lot of money, or a lot of stuff with value, things like houses, cars, etc) It’s what the divorce courts “settled” or agreed upon. That’s why it’s called a”settlement”.
Tiger cheated on her, so it’s certainly fair that she should get a lot of his stuff, but it’s quite amazing how much she got. Do you think this is fair and reasonable? Maybe it is, I just want to hear your honest opinions. She’s one rich lady. She got about $100 million USD in the settlement!
Love to hear your thoughts on all this guys! (By the way, I read your comments from the last article and am working on a good lesson to teach those words and phrases. Thanks for all the support!)
Here is the Yahoo article I was reading. You can see photos of the house she’s getting.
Again, here is the Tiger Woods Divorce Podcast if you are interested and haven’t heard it yet.