Since reading the article below last week, cases I am dealing with have made me think of it again. Initially the article made me consider the way I work and the impact this may be having on my health.

Unfortunately it is not just health that is effected by long working hours. In my time as a family lawyer and mediator I have regularly heard one spouse's work commitments being cited as the reason for the breakdown of a marriage, or being argued as a factor in how a couple may wish to divide their assets ("I have worked harder throughout the marriage, and so I deserve more"). A divorce petition can cite working hours and lack of time at home as unreasonable behaviour. However, the court will rarely take the working hours one spouse has done into account unless it is exceptional or a "stellar" contribution towards the matrimonial wealth.

The working culture can also have a direct impact on the arrangements for children. Trying to agree a patten that provides quality time for both parents, in the children's best interests, is going to be very difficult if one parent believes the other is likely to be working when they have the children or that that parent had not made the same time available when they were together.

In today's society long working hours are not uncommon, but the impact is not limited to our health.