Men urged to think carefully about divorce plans

Men hoping to get divorced have been advised to ensure they do plenty of planning.

The recommendation was made by Robert Kerr, a forensic and investigation services partner with accountancy firm Grant Thornton, who told the Times the economic downturn means that a divorce has to be handled even more carefully than usual.

He said that the fall in the divorce rate may be because the uncertain financial position now faced by many people is persuading more couples to consider other options before heading to court.

Men may be particularly keen to try to resolve marital differences amicably, as figures compiled by Grant Thornton show that females receive a better settlement when they petition for divorce.

"It could be that husbands will think first before heading for the divorce courts, at least until the economic landscape settles, particularly as the housing market has been so badly affected in recent months," said Mr Kerr.

The findings of a recent study by travel website Expedia and dating service suggested that this time of year could be a popular one for divorces, as one per cent of married couples opt to split up after arguing while away on their annual holiday.

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Published on: September 12, 2008

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