“Windfall”

From an SMH story, Divorced from wealth, on the plight of older divorced women:

For the next generation of single women, it is about to get worse. Lawyers and social researchers believe changes to the child support scheme which come into force midyear will leave about 60 per cent of single mothers worse off than before. Fathers, in particular wealthy fathers, they say, will pocket the windfall.

This is a misuse of the term windfall. It is not a windfall which the fathers are going to pocket, it is their own money which the legislation has decided they are no longer required to pay.

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