If you don’t pay up to your girlfriend, she’ll ask for marriage. If you don’t pay up to your wife, she’ll divorce.
Pay up to your girlfriend. Always. Makes her happy.
As a practical matter, courts seldom, if ever, inquire into what the differences actually are, and routinely grant a divorce as long as the party seeking the divorce says the couple has irreconcilable differences. Compare incompatibility; irremediable breakdown.
Consider H. Beatty Chadwick’s 13 years of imprisonment. The facts of his case are straightforward.
In 1977, Chadwick married Barbara Jean Crowther. In 1992, she filed for divorce.
In 1994, Barbara Chadwick informed the court that her husband had wired $2.5 million out of the country. The judge ordered him to retrieve the funds and place them in a court-controlled account until the divorce was settled. Beatty Chadwick claimed that most of the money had been lost in a foreign business deal gone bad; however, a small fraction of the money showed up in a U.S. bank under his name and the court did not believe his story. In April 1995, Chadwick was imprisoned until the funds were produced.