LLM Candidate, Peking University School of Transnational Law
Women’s property rights were restricted by social norms in imperial China. Property was passed down through male heirs. In most cases, wives could not inherit property upon their husband’s death. Most property brought by a wife into marriage belonged to her husband’s family. Meanwhile, a wife was beholden to her father before marriage and subordinate to her husband after marriage. Against this backdrop, there is a Chinese saying that “a wife pays for her husband’s debts”.
This saying still holds true under existing marriage laws of the People’s Republic of China. Creditors may enforce against property owned jointly by the non-debtor spouse … Read the rest