Reading the allegations Katie Chapman, Chelsea Football Ladies Captain, has made against Mark Sampson is a stark reminder that divorce can impact on more than just your immediate finances.
The majority of new clients I see are very focused on the practicalities of separating assets and arrangements for children. Katie's comments show that even after the "dust has settled" there can be longer term issues. Thinking long term and looking at what differences there may be on your earning capacity, career opportunities and childcare arrangements and the impact this may have are an important part of the discussions that will take place with your lawyer during the process.
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It would be interesting to know if any divorced male professional footballers have been treated in same way as suggested by Katie....
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The 35-year-old midfielder, a mother to three boys aged between four and 14, earned the last of her 94 caps in April last year. “I had the conversation with Mark regarding my divorce,” Chapman told several national newspapers. “He was very supportive. He said ‘take a little time to manage that situation and get yourself sorted’. Off the back of that conversation I haven’t been picked. I haven’t been selected since. “I’ve gone through a divorce. I think that might’ve played a little part, going through that, managing with the children and stuff. It shouldn’t cause a problem but I think it potentially could be part of the reason.