Dawn Pennell of Capron & Helliwell solicitors considers “Do women need different advice to men”?
In his book John Gray asserts that “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” and that the most common relationship problems between men and women are caused by fundamental psychological differences between the sexes. So, if that’s true, when a relationship breaks down, must legal advice differ depending on whether you are male or female?
In almost all relationships the earning capacity of the spouses will differ and it’s not unusual for one partner to deal with all financial matters. That’s fine when the relationship is going well but on breakdown it may leave the other partner feeling out of their depth. However, if everything is explained in an easy to understand way this will help. For the other partner just because they have dealt with finances during the relationship it does not necessarily follow that they will be better equipped to deal with financial decision-making post-separation. Each will need different advice and both will be concerned to know the options open to them in order to re-balance their finances to enable them to cope with life after separation.
It is unusual for both parents to equally provide care for their children and it is likely that one parent will have taken on the main responsibility for care of the children and the other may have continued to work and advance in their career. If the relationship breaks down the advice to be given will need to take into account these factors.
The way in which a person deals emotionally with separation is likely to differ. The person who instigates the separation may well have had some months to prepare for what is happening but for the other party the end of the relationship may have come as a bolt out of the blue. Dealing with separation is often compared to how difficult it is to deal with bereavement in terms of grieving and recovery.
At Capron & Helliwell our experience is that separation impacts greatly on all clients regardless of gender and that men and women are not so different but one partner may well need us to take a different approach to the other so all advice has to be tailored to meet individual needs.
Dawn Pennell is a Chartered Legal Executive and Collaborative Lawyer dealing with family law matters at Capron & Helliwell, solicitors, who have offices in Stalham and Wroxham.
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