It is one of the regrettable legacies of our history that the qualities and rights of women were only recognised until recently, all much too late. Our world is still predominantly patriarchal and organised in such a way that masculine characteristics are lauded as intelligent and decisive, while female characteristics are derided as submissive and undesirable. The Court of Final Appeal has finally rectified one aspect of the law which has long reflected society's bias towards the concept of the household 'breadwinner' as the key and usually male figure of the family. The lower courts had already begun practising the new principle of assuming a 50:50 division of assets between the two spouses after a divorce, but the top court's landmark judgment last week will now send a strong message to the community that it is time to put your money where your mouth is regarding marriage and the recognition of women's contribution to the family and society as a whole. Previously, courts assessed the 'reasonable requirements' of spouses before dividing the assets; hence some may consider the new starting assumption of splitting the assets equally as 'generous'. But these days, women who have been given equal opportunities are just as, if not more able than men. In order to dedicate themselves to the well-being of the family and the career of her husband she may decide to give up on what could have been her own lucrative career and would find it hard to re-enter the job market. Her work for the family would also have counted for nothing. The ruling finally enforces the notion that 'there should be no bias in favour of the money earner and against the homemaker and the child carer'. It is an unfortunate social phenomenon of our times that marriages are increasingly ending in divorce. Hopefully, this ruling will also serve as a reminder that entering into a marriage means absolute commitment towards sharing a life and a family. Sharing the assets after a divorce would at least mean that one aspect of the initial pledge was not meaningless.