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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34524641

    The above article will detail the divorce settlements obtained by Alison Sharland (£10mill) and Ms Gohil after their husbands had lied about the worth of their assets during the first settlement.

    Do you think this is fair? Discuss.
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    It isn't at all fair. This is why you get a Prenup.
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    Well marriage nowadays is almost like the American dream. Gets everyone excited, many people dream and aspire to it but most people still fail at it.

    This doesn't apply to the older generations though, there's clearly something we're doing wrong.
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    The scenario is a stay at home wife with no assets and a rich husband, she brings up the children.

    In principle the woman should get, for the duration of the children's minority:

    1. Compensation for loss of earnings based on her qualifications and career only.
    2. Stipend for future (not retrospective) child-rearing as charged at market rates for hours outside school hours. This contingent on visitation rights.
    3. Contribution, assessed based on the shortfall after (1), housing benefit entitlement, and average percentage cost of rent, towards the rent or mortgage on a house with the criterion being sufficient bedrooms for the children.

    As a ballpark I pretty much think under the above system an averagely qualified woman with two kids shouldn't ever receive any more than £6-800,000 over the lifetime of the children. This is about £25 to 30k a year.
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    (Original post by Eva.Gregoria)
    Well marriage nowadays is almost like the American dream. Gets everyone excited, many people dream and aspire to it but most people still fail at it.

    This doesn't apply to the older generations though, there's clearly something we're doing wrong.
    3 words, no fault divorce
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    3 words, no fault divorce
    And how would that improve things?
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    (Original post by Eva.Gregoria)
    And how would that improve things?
    Stop people getting married in the first place without properly thinking about what it means, keep parents together unless there is a very good reason (fault) to split up.

    Or if you are a romantic about it keep marriage and divorce as quaint cultural ceremonies, just transfer all the actual law onto some new construct that more directly incentivises collaboration to raise a child, which is the point of marriage.
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    Stop people getting married in the first place without properly thinking about what it means, keep parents together unless there is a very good reason (fault) to split up.

    Or if you are a romantic about it keep marriage and divorce as quaint cultural ceremonies, just transfer all the actual law onto some new construct that more directly incentivises collaboration to raise a child, which is the point of marriage.
    You're giving human beings a bit too much credit, a no fault divorce isn't going to be deterrent because no one thinks they'll have a divorce until they are actually at risk of having one.
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    I read on this in the Metro on the tube on my home. Some men thought that " the courts were geared towards favouring women". I'm not really too sure myself, but they are losing a lot of their hard earned money.
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    (Original post by Eva.Gregoria)
    You're giving human beings a bit too much credit, a no fault divorce isn't going to be deterrent because no one thinks they'll have a divorce until they are actually at risk of having one.
    We have no fault divorce now. If we brought back fault then all these cheating whores (statistics show that today's women are as likely to cheat as men but divorce is filed by almost 70% women) would not get a penny and marriages would last if the husband forgave them or they knew they'd get nothing after doing it.
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    Personally i do feel divorce is too geared towards women and would attempt to hide my assets.

    So far as i'm concerned she deserves half the primary assets (i.e. house and car) and then if she has custody of the children she should be given money for them. Under no circumstances do i believe that alimony is justified to maintain her living standards, the husbands responsibility is to the children, not her upon divorce.
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    it's a disgrace. No wonder less and less are getting married. Raw deal for men.
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    If you lie in court, man or woman, you are guilty either of perjury or of contempt of court. Regardless of whether or not the settlement should be changed, you should be imprisoned.

    I find all these arguments about income after divorce settlements distasteful. Perhaps there should be a maximum both wife and husband can receive after a divorce, with the rest going to any children or to charity.
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    The appeal was about fraud/dishonesty.

    Of course it's fair that you shouldn't be allowed to lie and get away with it.
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    this is surely proof that marriage is a terrible idea for men
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    It isn't at all fair. This is why you get a Prenup.
    They're really not worth the paper they're written on now

    Divorce settlements are absolutely absurd in cases where one partner earns all the money.


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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    The appeal was about fraud/dishonesty.

    Of course it's fair that you shouldn't be allowed to lie and get away with it.
    This is true. They did lie. £10 million seems a bit excessive.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    If you lie in court, man or woman, you are guilty either of perjury or of contempt of court. Regardless of whether or not the settlement should be changed, you should be imprisoned.

    I find all these arguments about income after divorce settlements distasteful. Perhaps there should be a maximum both wife and husband can receive after a divorce, with the rest going to any children or to charity.
    Yes. However, I can never see this being implemented.
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    I saw this the other day...I don't knowwwww

    I mean it doesn't seem fair because of the sheer amount of money they were able to receive. Do I believe on a general scale it is fair? yes. At the end of the day is was a lie, a lie is a lie.
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    (Original post by Underscore__)
    They're really not worth the paper they're written on now

    Divorce settlements are absolutely absurd in cases where one partner earns all the money.


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