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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.”

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