When Lindsay Taylor filed for divorce in April 2021, she thought she would be the one to keep an album of boudoir photographs given to her ex-partner years before.
“I assume these images belong to me since they are of my body,” Ms Taylor said. The Independent Thursday. “He didn’t ask for anything. [pictures] of our children. He didn’t ask for any of our family members, any of our pets.
Instead, Ms Taylor’s ex-husband Chris Marsh, 45, initially asked to keep the photo album containing nudity, she said. His claim was legitimized by a Davis County, Utah, divorce judge who ruled in favor of Mr. Marsh’s argument that the album was a memento from their failed marriage, The Salt Lake Grandstand first reported.
Judge Michael Edwards said Mr Marsh could keep a redacted version of the album with the written entries as long as a third party censors the images, which Ms Taylor says constitutes an invasion of his privacy.
“In those moments in your marriage, you believe you can trust your partner…and then ask for something like that, like you’re just a piece of their property, like you belong to them, d ‘One way or another, it’s unimaginable to me,’ said Ms Taylor, who shares three adult children with her ex-husband.
The divorce was finalized in July and Ms Taylor has been ordered to keep the boudoir album for 90 days in case Mr Marsh decides the ‘edits’ are not with her consent. Once that time has passed, however, Ms. Taylor knows exactly what to do to get rid of the photos for good.
“Burn them. I’m going to throw a party with all my old friends, the new friends I’ve made along this journey, and we’re going to burn them,” Ms Taylor said. The Independent.
Ms Taylor said that although her ex-husband initially asked for the uncensored photos of her naked body, he later retracted and said he only wanted the album because of the footnotes that she had written there.
“He would ask to get the whole book back,” she said. “Somewhere along the line, I don’t know if he got advice from his lawyer or if it was someone else, and then all of a sudden it was, ‘I want just registration.
Mr Marsh told CNN in a statement that he only ever requested the album because of what his ex-wife had written on it. Meanwhile, Ms Taylor said even the handwritten entries she wrote as a loving wife should not have been attributed to Mr Marsh.
“These are things that were written between a wife and her husband, and that’s how I felt then. That’s not how I feel now,” she said.
“And for these three men to decide what’s going to happen and who can see my body was very shocking,” Ms Taylor said, referring to her husband, her lawyer and Judge Edwards. “I don’t want anyone to find themselves in this situation. No one should ever feel like they belong to someone else.
The decision was a reflection of misogyny in the Utah justice system, Ms Taylor said, and evidence of her ex-husband’s wish to have control over her.
“I think the only reason you’re asking that is that you don’t see me as a person. You see me as an object,” she said The Independent.
“I think it’s just disturbing that we have judges sitting on the bench, making these rulings, deciding people’s futures, deciding their lives, and they don’t even look at all the evidence.” , she said. added
A silver lining to the uphill battle to regain ownership of her private photos was the outpouring of support her family, friends and even strangers showed after she decided to come clean about her divorce, Ms. Taylor.
“I met a lot of amazing people who came out to show their support. People I know really well,” she said.
“People who were acquaintances, complete strangers who reached out and are just in awe that something like this could happen. There were also people who felt violated, who came forward, who said, “Thank you for speaking up for us.”