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Cash Registers Ring Non-stop for Divorcing British Women
by: James Walsh

But divorce is increasingly becoming more common due to a variety of factors. Women are no longer tied to the stove and children; they have been socially and economically liberated. They are well-educated and readily employable. Family size is getting smaller and women now do not hesitate to divorce since it is easy to bring up a couple of children.

The society has become more individualistic and individual rights have begun to take precedence over rights of the family as one unit. Moral norms have become liberal and spouses, bored of living with the same person, increasingly look to broaden their horizons and move on to new relationships.

Favouring Women

The UK divorce laws have changed in recent years and are loaded in favour of women due to a new found concern for their plight among the legal fraternity. The procedure for granting divorce has been simplified and separation is now quite easy to get for anyone.

Financial settlements are getting more equitable and in a majority of cases the family wealth is being distributed on a 50/50 basis, though that does not stop some women from staking claim to the entire assets brought to the marriage by their husbands.

The British courts, full of sympathetic judges, have started taking into account women’s abandonment of jobs as well as their contribution to marriage and promotion of their husband’s careers while considering the distribution of assets in divorce cases. This has given the country a reputation of being the most liberal and magnanimous nation in the world for divorcing wives.

Women from other countries in Europe are flocking to the UK to file their divorce cases in the hope of making a fortune from their husbands’ wealth, a phenomenon that has been derisively labelled as “divorce tourism.” It seems women never had it as good in the entire history of marriage as a social institution as they are currently having in the UK.

According to some analysts, the reasons why women get such a good and – sometimes unfair to men – deal, is because in divorce cases women are considered victims who sacrificed their career and earning potential after marriage to become commercially unproductive home-makers. They raised children and minded the kitchen when their husband was at the office doing a job and furthering his career and salary.

This arrangement and the responsibility of raising a family put wives at a disadvantage career-wise in their crucial young years. They find it impossible to recover from the handicap whey they re-enter job market after a decade compared to women who have been working continuously without a “family-raising” break.

When the time comes to part ways, it is considered reasonable and fair by the judges to give at least half of the husband’s assets to women who more often than not would also have children living with them after divorce. Apart from that, the wives are also granted maintenance from their ex-husbands for years and sometimes even a share from their future earnings!

Getting Richer

Women in Britain over the years have been getting richer and improving their social status. So much so that, according to recent UK government figures, today there are more women millionaires than men in the age group of late teens to mid forties. The trend is largely being fuelled by inheritance and divorces whose rate is seeing an upward swing across the board.

The phenomenon of the rapidly climbing divorce rate and the wives getting a large chunk of their husband’s wealth as well as their future earnings has the potential to reorganise the distribution of wealth between the sexes in the UK.

Overall, taking into consideration the population as a whole, today there are as many women millionaires as men in the UK, which is a drastic change from the time when all wealth was seen as controlled by men. The scale is evenly balanced for now, but it is slowly but perceptibly tilting toward women as the divorce rate goes up and women get a large share of marital assets. Another factor that is going to making many women richer is the substantial wealth that is being inherited by them as they outlive their millionaire husbands.

Maybe the only way for men to stop this tide is to argue before the judge that they should be compensated for their reduced lifespan and increased blood pressure as they stressed it out in the office earning bread for the family while their wives sat in comfort at home, their only serious challenge being catching up on the neighbourhood gossip.

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James Walsh is a freelance writer and copy editor. For more information on getting a Divorce see

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