Courts not sold on men’s schemes to stash cash away from wives

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Courts not sold on men’s schemes to stash cash away from wives

Two recent court rulings have slammed attempts by spouses to subject their wives to financial battering

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Using “trusts” and other financial shenanigans to avoid payouts to spouses in accrual claims in divorce proceedings have been condemned in two recent high court judgments, highlighting the “vulnerability” of women who are “emotionally and financially” battered by their estranged spouses.

In one, Western Cape High Court judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe referred to the “power imbalance” that resulted from historical gender-based inequalities.

Traditionally, one partner often excelled in pursuing a career while the other “served the interests of the union”, taking care of the household and children...

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