Susan Davies of Ansons LLP Solicitors family law team in Lichfield, Staffordshire, explains: This is not true.
“The reasons for divorce are not usually relevant when agreeing the financial arrangements at the end of a marriage. The starting point for discussion is usually equality.
Unreasonable behaviour or adultery is not usually taken into account by a court, unless it is considered “gross and obvious” in which case it ‘may’ affect a divorce settlement. For example, in one very sad case the husband attacked his wife and severed her hand with a knife. As the wife was a nurse, this left her unable to work. This conduct was clearly “gross and obvious” and the husband’s financial settlement was reduced as a result.”