Wife demands ex-husband jailed for not paying divorce money
The High Court has ruled on a case where, 17 years after a couple separated, the mining millionaire ex-husband still had not fully paid the settlement amount that was agreed at the time of their divorce. Residents of Bedfordshire may be interested to note that the judge hearing the case decided that he no longer has to pay the balance of the financial settlement after being told that he has no assets to his name.
The couple were married in 1988 and had two daughters together before they divorced in 1999. He was told to pay £2 million in the divorce settlement, but his ex-wife has said that over the 17 years since the court order, he has only paid £1.5 million and complained that the payments have been made in stages, which has prevented her from buying a house. She said that he has hidden assets away and should be sent to prison if failed to meet the terms of the original settlement.
Making her ruling, the judge said that she had not been shown evidence of a hidden fortune and refused to find the ex-husband in contempt of court. Although he is living in a Kensington rental that costs £90,000 per year, the ex-husband has defended himself saying that he is penniless and cannot pay the balance of the settlement. He is claiming that he is relying on friends and family and has even applied for housing benefit.
Improperly obtaining evidence of a spouse’s financial or business situation can lead to criminal or civil actions. A person who believes that their partner has not been honest in their financial disclosure may wish to consult with a solicitor who is informed on the legal limitations when investigating a partner and who may be able to advise on some practical steps that may protect a client’s financial situation.
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