How Divorce For Men Is Different

Signing Divorce Settlement & Wedding Ring - LargeDivorce legislation is evolving, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the imbalance in the family court system. Of the UK’s two million lone parents with dependent children around 9% are men.

With 42% of marriages now ending in divorce, there’s a crucial need for a level playing field.

Let’s look at how divorce differs for men.

Filing For Divorce

According to ONS research, there was one marriage every minute and 13 divorces per hour in 2012. Industry data shows that women commonly initiate the divorce process: 65% in fact, whereas men account for just 35% of those seeking a split.
It’s a rather worrying statistic when you consider the current unbalance in the family courts. There’s no guarantee that the 35% of men looking for a divorce will get a fair trial.

The most common reasons for divorce are:

  • Adultery
  • Abuse
  • Boredom
  • Addiction
  • Incompatibility
  • Children
  • Expectations
  • Mental health
  • Money
  • Lack of communication

To find out more about the divorce process in the UK, take a look at our helpful divorce resource: Everything you need to know about the divorce process.

Divorce Settlements

In UK divorce cases, far too often considerable settlements are given to women who have benefited from their husband’s success with little or no contribution from them.

In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Kathleen Wyatt’s claim against her now-wealthy ex-husband Dale Vince. The couple divorced back in 2012 before Vince set up the business that went on to make him millions, but they failed to come to a financial settlement at the time. Wyatt is now able to proceed with her claim of £1.9 million in maintenance.

In extreme cases, very wealthy husbands are being left with nothing following their divorce. In February 2016 it was reported that former millionaire David Mann is facing homelessness with just £5 in the bank after a brutal 17-year divorce battle with his ex-wife.

The number is always increasing but the biggest divorce settlement to date is £337 million.

Discover more about the history of men’s divorce.

Child Custody

Divorce is one of the most stressful events you can deal with in your lifetime. If there are children involved you need to protect them from any conflict. While that might be easier said than done your children need to come first.

The latest divorce statistics show that 48% of couples heading for divorce have at least one child under the age of 16 living with them. What’s more, an industry statistic from 2013 showed that there were two million lone parents in the UK. Of these only 9% were fathers.

If you’re going through a custody battle, it’s advisable to seek legal advice. If your name isn’t on your child’s birth certificate don’t give up hope. Take a look at our guide on how to establish paternity.

Fathers’ Rights

Unlike women, men do not automatically gain parental status from birth. This can leave men in an unthinkable situation if they split with their partner during the pregnancy. Shared custody is the ideal solution but if this isn’t achievable, you need to seek professional legal advice.

In 2007 Childwise stated that one in four children don’t consider their father to be part of their family and unfortunately not much has changed since. One in three children live without their father.

Read more surprising divorce statistics here.

Emotional Support

Men don’t often talk about their feelings. After a divorce many are left alone without a solid support network in place. So it’s not surprising that research compiled by Fathers4Justice showed the biggest killer of men under 50 is suicide.

A good support network is key to getting through the divorce process, whether that’s family members, friends, colleagues or a legal professional.

Get In Touch

If you’re heading towards a divorce there’s no need to feel alone. Cordell & Cordell is the partner men can count on. For professional legal advice and opinion get in touch with Cordell & Cordell today.

Last updated: June 12th, 2017

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