Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds

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Divorce: counting the cost of breaking up

Divorce costs the Australian economy $14 billion a year, and recent figures estimate taxpayers now pay close to $1100 per annum to support families in crisis. While the divorce rate declined between 2002 and 2008, statistics reveal it’s on the rise again with close to 50,000 Australians getting a divorce each year since 2008.

As the below graph indicates the median age of divorce has continued on a steady incline over the years. Typically, the older a person gets, the more assets they have accumulated. In the case of divorce this can often make the division of assets more complicated for the parties involved.  

Divorce: Counting the cost of breaking up  

Source: ABS divorce statistics 1992 - 2012 

Who pays the price?  

Research reveals divorce is more costly for Australian women than for men. Just one year after separating, a woman’s household income is 21 per cent lower compared to women in a relationship. Six years later, the woman’s income is still down 12 per cent. However, a man’s household income is similar to a non-separated man in the first year of a split. 

In most cases, the woman gets primary care of the kids and as a result gets to keep the house (an asset). However, because she is caring for the children she will most likely miss out on time at work which equals a decrease in superannuation at retirement.

(Stay tuned for our series on women and money with FMD adviser Louise Parker)

If you’re going through separation or divorce contact us or book a FREE financial health check to ensure your finances are taken care of. We also have a range of legal partners who can offer you professional advice and services to ensure a smooth divorce process. 

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