Mum awarded future maintenance after dad refuses to pay
On July 14 it was reported that a hospital consultant who was a former resident of Burton-on-Trent was ordered to surrender his U.K. assets to his ex-wife and two children. In total, these assets were estimated to be worth approximately £550,000. While this may seem unfair to many Bedfordshire residents, the court’s decision was based on the unique circumstances surrounding the case.
The man reportedly left his wife in 2011 and moved to Bahrain in 2012. Once he moved, he reportedly refused to pay any of the child maintenance or support that he was owed. The ex-wife’s lawyer argued that, since he was out of the reach of the authorities, she would probably not receive the money she was owed. As a result, the court ultimately agreed that the family should receive the ex-husband’s assets.
The decision was appealed by the ex-husband as his lawyer argued that he intended to move back to the UK and that the judge was not entitled to hand over all future maintenance payments at once. However, the appeal court upheld the original decision as the judge has to consider what was best for the children and it had not appeared that the family was going to receive the owed maintenance and support.
When a couple is going through a divorce, the division of property and other assets can be difficult. In some cases, the person who becomes the children’s primary care provider may be entitled to child maintenance and support. If the other parent refuses to provide the ordered maintenance, a solicitor might be able to determine the various collection methods that are available.
Source: AOL Money, “Man ordered to give everything to his ex-wife and children”, Sarah Coles, July 14, 2015
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