Idleness, Profligacy, and Dissipation

San Bernardino County Sun - Apr 29, 1949

Marriage Fails After 64 Years; Divorce Sought
LOS ANGELES, April 28 — After 64 years of marriage, Mrs. Calogera Cassaro, 85, has decided she wants a divorce.
She sued today for dissolution of her bonds to 86-year-old Sebastian Cassaro and restraining order to keep him from molesting or threatening her.
Sebastian, she stated in her complaint, is able-bodied and she wants him to support her, but she claims that of late he has been living "in idleness, profligacy and dissipation."
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 14, 2015
     Category: Divorce | 1940s

Well, if you can't get profligate at age 86 when do you? (yea, I looked it up)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/14/15 at 10:56 AM
Aren´t profligacy and dissipation the same thing?
Posted by F.U.D. on 10/14/15 at 11:32 AM
Pack her suitcase for her and show her to the door. Some people are just ungrateful for all you do for them.
Posted by KDP on 10/14/15 at 05:49 PM
I think you have to factor in that this was before Social Security (well, not before-before, but early enough they wouldn't have been eligible for benefits), so they had only their life savings and what little they could earn.

You have to remember the old saying: If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.

If she saw they'd soon be charity cases because of his spending, her only option might have been to divorce him, removing his control of her share of their savings.
Posted by Phideaux on 10/14/15 at 06:48 PM
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