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Alimony drones, gold diggers and meal tickets for life: how stereotypes in the press point to a need for judicial reflexivity

Thompson, Sharon 2019. Alimony drones, gold diggers and meal tickets for life: how stereotypes in the press point to a need for judicial reflexivity. [Online]. Northern Ireland Legal Quartely: Queen's University School of Law. Available at: https://nilq.qub.ac.uk/index.php/nilq/issue702-art...

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Abstract

Most of us have encountered a news article on the newest big money divorce case. Whether it is the latest relationship breakdown of a celebrity or of a millionaire, the details of who got what make popular stories in the press. Such cases can elicit strong opinion, including the perception that the law in England and Wales encourages alimony drones and gold-diggers; stereotypes that disproportionately apply to women, rather than men. When encountering these views, it is important to ask three questions: is it accurate to say the law encourages alimony drones and gold-diggers by handing out meal tickets to undeserving spouses? What (if any) impact do these characterisations have on the law of divorce and financial provision? And, if these characterisations are not accurate, what can be done to refute them?

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Queen's University School of Law
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 August 2019
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 12:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124655

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