Breadwinner or not : who should the children live with?

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February 12, 2014

Don’t want to lose your kids in the divorce? Don’t be the breadwinner

Recently I have been asked to comment on some heart-wrenching family cases where professional women, whose marriages have broken down, have had to leave their children and the family home. In each of these cases, the court has considered the children to be better off living with the full-time, stay-at-home father and receiving financial support from the breadwinner mother. And as the numbers of female breadwinners continue to grow, I suspect I’ll be seeing more and more cases like this.

As much as I sympathise with the women’s plights – and I do, being a mother and a woman in business myself – this is equality. In 2014, why should households with high-flying women and stay-at-home husbands be considered differently to households with high-flying men and stay-at-home wives? In the landmark case of White v White in 2000, it was made clear after all that there is no distinction in law, between the breadwinner and the homemaker.

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