High Court Ruling On Case Of Couple Who Lived Together After Divorce

Ex-Wife Of Millionaire To Get £6m Following Judge’s Decision

31.01.2014

A judge has ruled that the wife of a wealthy businessman should receive £6 million of his fortune after it was ruled that the pair had essentially continued to live as a married couple following their divorce in the 1990s.

The private trial at the Family Division of the High Court related to a couple who married in the late 1970s and divorced around 20 years later, but continued to live together under the same roof.

However, matters became complicated when the man met another woman five years ago and asked her to move into the marital home with her 12-year-old daughter.

Following the move, as well as the reported claim that the man asked his ex-wife if she would like to remain in the property as “some sort of housekeeper”, his ex-wife launched a legal battle for a share of his fortune.

While the husband argued that he and his partner reached an agreement she would only be entitled to a maximum of £3.4 million, Mr Justice Bodey said the woman should get £6.12 million of this fortune and added there was “no distinction” between their marriage and life after divorce.