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The journalese of divorce

The law recognises the length of a marriage and relevance of non-financial contributions, so why doesn’t the media, asks Pippa Allsop

1 November 2016

The media has been feasting on yet another high-profile divorce recently, that of Richard Caring, the 68-year-old ‘restaurant and fashion tycoon’, which has already speculatively been dubbed as ‘the UK’s biggest ever divorce’ through a simplistic division of the multimillionaire’s estimated net worth of £750m.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the headlines have focused on Mr Caring’s new relationship (and young son) with a Brazilian property developer, as well as his age in comparison with hers (35). Observing the case through a legal lens, some of the language and phraseology adopted in the reporting has caught my eye.

Despite the longevity of their marriage, the media slant is very much what share of her husband’s wealth Mrs Caring can expect to receive, as opposed to how their accumulated matrimonial wealth will be divided. To my mind, the distinction be...

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