Journal Article

Money and Marriage: Sexually Transmitted Debt in England

Belinda Fehlberg

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 11, issue 3, pages 320-343
Published in print August 1997 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 1997 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/11.3.320
Money and Marriage: Sexually Transmitted Debt in England

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In recent years of economic recession, the problems faced by spouses and partners (especially wives) who provide third party loan security (usually a second mortgage over the family home) for the business debts of their spouse or partner has emerged as an increasing evidence social and legal problem, especially in the United Kingdom, and also Australia (where the problem has become know as ‘sexually transmitted debt’). In this article, the central findings of the first major empirical study of ‘sexually transmitted debt’ are discussed, after first placing the problem in its legal and social context.

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