Research has shown that the Courts in England and Wales still remain to be generous in financial settlements on divorce despite expectations rising for spouses to become independent from their ex-spouse quicker.
It will be interesting to see if England and Wales remain near the top over the coming years or whether a push for independence from your ex-spouse in the future means the Courts become far less generous.
According to a report from Penningtons Manches, England and Wales is the fifth most generous jurisdiction for awarding ongoing maintenance, behind India, California, Singapore and Ireland. Scotland is eighth. The research was based on analysis of the current legislation and case law across 16 jurisdictions. While historically courts in England and Wales have had a wide discretion to make generous awards to financially dependent former partners, the report says there is an increasing expectation for ex-spouses to quickly become self-sufficient.