Tuesday, 15 September 2009 11:08 UK
England has become the “divorce capital of Europe”, according to a senior family lawyer.
The system is paternalistic and unprincipled, says Lady Deech, chair of the Bar Standards Board.
Huge assets can be divided equally after only a few years of marriage, sending the wrong message, she says.
A leading defence lawyer says judges do recognise that women in short marriages should not be compensated in the same way as in long marriages.
Lady Deech says settlements that automatically keep ex-wives in comfort at the expense of ex-husbands are wrong.
“Trot down the road to the law courts and there you’ll find a woman with maybe no particular qualifications, married for a short time to a celebrity of some sort, will walk away with many, many millions”, Lady Deech says.