Christmas has come early for divorce lawyers

via Toon Pool

via Toon Pool

One good thing about our no-fault-divorces is that it takes a lot of arguing out of the already ugly process of splitting one life into two – and all the assets that go with it.  Everyone knows this going in – it if all ends, you end up with half.  This always hurts one party more than the other, but they are clear and well established rules.

Until now.

A Wellington woman who gave up her career to support her family has won 70 percent of the money from the fallout of her marriage in a landmark case expected to change the face of divorce settlements in this country.  

The woman will receive about $1.3m in a case that resets the bar for compensation to stay-at-home parents, 11 years after a law change aimed at reducing economic disparity was passed.

There have been few watershed decisions that address the often yawning gap in income between couples when one half has stayed at home while the other continued a career and the case was a “move in the right direction”, Otago University law professor Mark Henaghan said.

The woman, a nurse, separated from her surgeon husband in December 2008 after 28 years. He had been caught having two affairs.

If you are angry enough, and you have deep pockets, it’s now open season on getting much more than half.

I’m sure a few dozen champagne bottles were popped at legal offices all around the country.

The only winners here are the legal profession.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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