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Massive divorce financial settlements are humiliating to women

Massive divorce financial settlements are humiliating to women, according to Baroness Deech reported in The Times!

Well, are they really? If so I know a lot of women who have got over the humiliation very well.

I am sure it is not the financial settlement that is humiliating, if anything it is the social engineering that even these days leaves the average woman much less better off than the average man. I am with her when she asks for the financial settlement upon divorce laws to be changed and made much simpler but really we need to attack the underlying problem of childcare, wages differentials and social norms.

Some of my specialist divorce lawyer colleagues will be posting a detailed article on this subject soon, so watch this space if you are a lawyer or otherwise interested in the legal detail. But my last rant is that yet again we see leading figures talking about divorces with large amounts of money involved when it is largely a question of how many £millions go to the wife who has never worked. Well, yes, we deal with quite a few of those cases but please will those in power start to think more about the average case where both have worked as hard as they can, one of them has looked after the children and there is not enough money to get a decent place to live for the two of them after a divorce let alone make a massive "humiliating" settlement!

Andrew Woolley
Divorce Solicitor


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