Trucker Seeks 'Fair Share' Of Internet Bride's Wealth

Ukrainian Divorce Not Recognised In English Court

03.12.2014

A Leicester man is fighting his Ukrainian internet bride in the divorce courts for a "fair share" of the wealth she made after arriving in the UK.

John Yates met Marina Ivleva through an international dating site in 1999. The couple split two years ago, by which point Ms Ivleva had become a senior administrator at De Montford University and had amassed assets valued at £300,000.

Mr Yates, a truck driver who currently lives in council accommodation, argues that he is entitled to some of the proceeds of their marriage.

Ms Ivleva has already divorced her husband through the Ukrainian courts, although the High Court refused to recognise the divorce in England earlier this year.

In a ruling, Mr Justice Peter Jackson said "basic fairness" should allow Mr Yates the chance to divorce his wife in England.

Ms Ivleva unsuccessfully challenged the decision in the Court of Appeal, opening the way for Mr Yates to pursue his divorce petition and seek financial orders against his wife.