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Does the Wife get half in a Divorce?


Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight forward yes or no answer to this question.

wife get half in divorceA good starting point however is to consider the length of the marriage.

If the marriage is a short marriage, then the Court will look to put each party back to the position that they would have been in if the marriage had never taken place.  If it is a long term marriage, the starting point will be 50/50.

When considering which Orders should be made between divorcing spouses, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA) provides the Court with a wide discretion to achieve a fair outcome. In deciding how to exercise its powers, the Court must have regards for all the circumstances of the case, giving first consideration to any child of the family who is under 18; Section.25(2) of the Matrimonial Causes Act, lists particular factors which should be taken into account.

All financial resources will be considered by the Court namely,

  • Income
  • Earning capacity
  • Property
  • Other financial resources which each spouse has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, specifically including any increase in earning capacity that it would be reasonable to expect a spouse to acquire.

In relation to income and earning capacity the Court will consider the actual income of the parties and the potential income. The Court must consider factors such as age, work experience, how long since the party last worked, retraining needs and child care commitments.

The Court will go on to consider property and financial resources of the family; this will include property, savings and pensions in relation to both parties.

The Court will give limited consideration to the financial resources of a new partner in that it will only be taken into account in so much as how it may relieve a spouse of a financial burden that otherwise they may have had to meet.

Financial Orders for spouses upon Divorce fall into two categories; income and capital.


The Orders that can be made in relation to income are Maintenance Pending Suit, which is an Order made before the Divorce is finalised as an interim Order or Spousal Maintenance, which is made at the conclusion of the divorce.


The Orders that can be made in relation to capital are Lump Sum, Property Adjustment, Property Sale and Pension Orders.

Which order should be agreed or made will be dependent on the circumstances of the parties and the objective will be to reach a fair outcome. Each parties’ circumstances are different and therefore one approach does not suit all.

Andrew Isaacs Law can advise on all aspects of Divorce and Finances to help you decide which Financial Order would be suitable for you.

Call us today to arrange an initial consultation at our Melton Mowbray office on 01664 896 218 or Doncaster office on 01302 349 480.

divorce solicitor melton mowbray from Andrew Isaacs Law Ltd

Nicola Magrath – Family Solicitor 28.11.22

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