UK: Culture of Victimhood & Divorce – Wife might have had career except for marriage and kids, husband must pay!
2-29-20, London* -- In years to come the recent court ruling could have dangerous implications for future marriages ending in divorce ... “relationship-generated disadvantage.” An unidentified mother has been awarded not only half of the assets she and her husband accumulated in their ten year marriage, but also a large payout for potential earnings she might have earned had she never given up her career to have children. The judge agreed she sacrificed her career as a solicitor [lawyer; her husband is also a lawyer] for their marriage and two children that she cared for full-time. The judge said:
“The husband’s career took precedence. I accept that it is unusual to find significant relationship-generated disadvantage that may lead to a claim for compensation, but I am clear that this is one such case.”
What makes the decision especially egregious is that the divorcing woman was not only awarded £400,000 [$512,800.00] for her supposedly stymied career, but also half of the £10 million [$128 million USD] she and her husband had in assets. One would assume the splitting of assets would prove suitable compensation for one person’s career ‘taking precedence’ over their partner’s in a relationship, but now that is not enough. The woman’s lawyer Jane Keir excitedly said this judgment could impact future cases that present similar “exceptional circumstances” of “putting family ahead of ambition and earning power.
People going through divorces – especially men – are already responsible for what many would argue is a hefty amount of compensation awarded to their wives through settlements, alimony and the splitting of assets. To now create a new avenue where you need to pay someone for their decision and an imaginary, ‘what if’ life they could have had if they never married you!' is preposterous.
This ruling is essentially giving legal precedent to a very extreme form of victim culture; demanding a payoff from a significant other because they are responsible for your past decisions. Apparently now people can make the argument that they are owed compensation from other individuals in their past who they see as responsible for their failures. We each make decisions in life; sometimes those decisions are based on poor circumstances or fleeting feelings, but hindsight does not give one the right to throw around blame when our feelings change. *Excerpted and adapted full original report from Zachary Leeman here
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