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Divorce law - a disaster?

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14 Sep 09 #146364 by maggie
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www.gresham.ac.uk/events.asp?PageId=45

Divorce law - a disaster?
"many divorced women face poverty."

Speaker(s): Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE

Date/Time: 15/09/2009, 1pm

Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall

Divorce law was last reformed in 1969. Since that date, the UK divorce rate has climbed to one of the highest in the world. One-third of children experience their parents' divorce before they reach 16. The median length of marriage before dissolution is 11 years; many divorced women face poverty. Has the law contributed to this situation, and does it matter? What reforms should be made to divorce law?

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14 Sep 09 #146367 by nbm1708
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Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE - "many divorced women face poverty."


Sorry this is starting to be something that bugs me but it seems to be forgotten and very biaised that it is only women who face poverty after a divorce.

Speaking as a male of the species I can say hand on heart that I'm fast approaching becoming bankrupt and struggling and my ex still didn't get the final hearing she wanted in May 09 so wants to do the whole thing again starting this week. Good news is it didn't impact on her life too much as she's just come back from her third holiday this year.

The benefits system is biased.

And god forbid if you put forward the idea that you should give up work or work part-time to look after the children whilst your ex goes out to work. The look of horror that crosses most peoples faces is a picture but in an age of equality why on earth shouldn't we?

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14 Sep 09 #146375 by Fiona
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Err... I'm not sure Baroness Deech of Cumnor is biased in favour of women, according to The Times she claims the current system is unfair to men.

John Bolch of Family Lore takes up the issue here .

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14 Sep 09 #146396 by Fiona
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Spin? :unsure:

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14 Sep 09 #146382 by maggie
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I was intrigued by the difference between the official blurb for the lecture and the content as leaked by the Times.

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25 Sep 09 #149614 by mel
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This post annoyed me, it is not just women who face poverty after divorce, my partner has ended up bankrupt after his divorce and his ex wife lives mortgage free in the south of france with a rental property in England.His ex claims poverty all the time and in july she sent him a message demanding money and it was his duty to pay, he was off work for a few weeks and when the form E's were exchanged we saw o her bank statement that the day before she sent this email claiming poverty she had bought a pair of designer shoes for £180.00. Women can work when the kids are at school and I am a full time working divorced mother. My feelings are that the laws are more biased towards the women and a change is needed to bring better equality to men in divorce.

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27 Sep 09 #149798 by musicmad
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Speaking as a man I have read a summary of what the baroness said and it was a breath of fresh air.

She felt that many people had openly abused a system, marrying purely for financial gain, and felt that it was wrong.

She also stated that the divorce process was overly complicated and far too expensive.

From what I have read, and I will listen to the broadcast, she came up with some points I have been desperate to hear in the media.

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