Like 'Trophy Wives' from a Sinking Commercial Sector...

Article published on 10th June 2008

The Telegraph has recently reported that due to the prospect of widespread job losses in the City, lawyers have observed a rise in divorce requests from wives - whom naturally the lawyers assume must be because they were 'trophy' wives, or women who only married for money and prestige.

These divorce lawyers have said that with thousands of job losses being announced, there has been a 300% rise in the number of women wanting divorces with good settlements before the lay-offs actually begin in earnest.

Sandra Davis of Mishcon de Reya (a firm of matrimonial law specialists) was quoted as saying: "When money looks like flying out of the window, love walks out of the door".

"Redundancies are still only being whispered about in the big City firms - but already we have never been busier."

The idea that all these women are merely gold-digging trophy wives seems a bit of a leap to me, as there are many other factors brought on by financial insecurity that can lead to the collapse of even genuine and loving relationship. But then, Paula Hall, speaking from Relate, the relationship counselling service, pointed out in the same Telegraph article that increased financial stress will tend to show the cracks in marriage contracts which were either overtly or covertly financial in the first place.

"When a parent suddenly finds that their lifestyle changes - for example, they can't afford piano lessons for the children - they often consider their options for continuing with the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed."

Perhaps this makes income protection policies seem all the more attractive. Then again, if you have a spouse who is actually only with you for the money your earn, do you necessarily WANT to continue in a relationship with him or her...?

Source: Telegraph

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