Oligarch's Ex-wife To Move Divorce Proceedings To London

Settlement Could Be The Biggest In British Legal History


The former wife of a Ukrainian oligarch could be on course to set a new record for England’s largest divorce settlement, after applying to switch the proceedings from Portugal to London.

Tatyana Franchuk, an ex-model who now works as an art dealer, married construction tycoon Manuel Couto Alves in his native Portugal in 2009.

However, she has a house in the UK and her two teenage children from her first marriage attend school there, the Daily Mail reports, raising the possibility of relocating the case.

Friends also said she believes she will receive fairer treatment by moving the case to London than she would get in Portugal.

It is believed the divorce settlement could top £100m. If the final figure exceeds this, it would eclipse what is believed to be the current record for the biggest settlement in British legal history, set by oligarch Boris Berezovsky's ex-wife Galina Besharov in 2011.