Victoria and Fergus are in a relationship. Victoria has just graduated from university and works at an accountancy firm. Fergus has been working for a few years.
Two years later Victoria leaves her job to look after their first child. Fergus continues his job and qualifies as a chartered accountant.
Victoria and Fergus have two more children. Victoria stays at home to take care of the children.
Ten years later Fergus becomes a partner in an accountancy firm.
Victoria and Fergus then separate.
They have a mortgage-free house and a few other assets. If Victoria and Fergus divide their relationship property equally, each partner will get property worth roughly $150,000.
Victoria gets a junior job at an accountancy firm. She works part-time so she can care for the children. Victoria’s mother provides childcare the rest of the time without compensation.
Victoria’s salary is $40,000. Victoria’s standard of living drops. She moves to a smaller house in a different neighbourhood. She has less time to spend with her children because she must work.
Fergus earns $350,000 a year. He continues to enjoy the same standard of living the couple had when they were living together. He takes care of the children on the weekends.