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Mother awarded £400,000 in divorce for stepping back from her career

Solicitor awarded compensation for “relationship-generated disadvantage”

A mother who sacrificed her career in order to look after her children has won compensation of £400,000 in addition to an equal split of assets totalling nearly £10 million.

Mr Justice Moor ruled that there had been "relationship-generated disadvantage" as the woman had taken primary responsibilty for the children. He stated,

"The husband's career took precedence. I accept that it is unusual to find significant relationship-generated disadvantage that may lead to a claim for compensation but I am clear that this is one such case." 

Mr Justice Moor apparently stressed that the decision should not result in a host of claims for relationship-generated disadvantage, but restates the case that comppensation still exists in truly exceptional cases.

The judgment is expected to be published soon.

1.3.2020