Our thanks to Mike P for this, in the Telegraph. An extract:
New figures from lawyers show that up to five per cent of divorce cases now include a maintenance agreement involving payments from a wife to her ex-husband.
There were 111,169 divorces in 2014, suggesting up to 5,000 men received such settlements.
But lawyers believe many more husbands are missing out on money they are entitled to as their wives “bully” them out of making a claim.
James Brown, a partner at family law firm Hall Brown, said men feel too proud to accept ongoing payments and are worried it might look unmanly to friends and colleagues.
“Even men who object to supporting their ex-wives tend to accept that they may have to, especially if they are their household’s main breadwinner,” he said.
“A lot of wives in the same position, though, consider the very notion of paying maintenance to their ex-husband unfair.
“Furthermore, some have tried to pressure men into not claiming support by arguing that ‘real men’ wouldn’t do such a thing.”
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