Fair Shares Project
How fair are financial arrangements on divorce?
Around 100,000 couples divorce annually in England and Wales and the financial arrangements they make can determine the future standard of living that they and their children will have for many years to come. Only a third of them use the legal system to sort out their finances, with the rest negotiating their own arrangements or, worse, reaching no settlement at all. Very little is known about the detailed financial arrangements couples make, or how they work out. This study aims to fill this gap to help shape the law and provide practical guidance to couples going through divorce in the future.
Fair Shares is a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation which aims to find out the financial and property arrangements that divorcing couples make, how they come to these arrangements and how they cope with the post-divorce set-up.
The research aims to provide essential data to inform current debates on how the law should be reformed. It will also offer practical guidance to legal advisers, advice and support providers so that the financial needs of families can be better met in future.
Fair Shares is led by Professor Emma Hitchings (Bristol University) in partnership with Caroline Bryson and Dr Susan Purdon (Bryson Purdon Social Research) and Professor Gillian Douglas, Professor Emerita at King’s College London.
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