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High earning wives ‘bullying’ men out of generous divorce settlements

According to a recent report by the Telegraph, more men than ever are receiving generous payouts from the divorce courts, with some also securing ongoing monthly maintenance from bread-winning wives.

This is likely to be an increasing trend, with women earning higher salaries and often being the main earner in a family. The Institute of Public Policy Research states that for 1 in 3 UK families, it is the wife who is the higher earner.

The article goes on to comment however, that men can still expect to face an uphill struggle to convince a male dominated judiciary that a maintenance order from a wife is appropriate. Men can even face being bullied by their wives into accepting a financial clean break.

Sarah McCarthy, Principal Solicitor in the Family team at Linder Myers states, “Whilst overall the divorce rate is dropping, there are still 34% of marriages that end in divorce before they reach the 20 year anniversary and 64% of children whose parents divorced in 2013 were under the age of 11.

As a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative lawyer, my aim is to ensure a fair and sensible approach to resolving the financial aspects for my clients, taking into account all circumstances of the case. Increasingly, my clients want sound, sensible advice with a focus not just on the short term gain but also being able to co-parent the children well into the future.”

For specialist advice on divorce or relationship breakdown, please do not hesitate to Call Us on 0800 042 0700, or email us on
enquiries@lindermyers.co.uk

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