News & Commentary

Here is our thinking on recent family news and issues, and how these might impact you.

In 2006, following separation and divorce, Mr Wright was ordered to pay spousal maintenance to Mrs Wright, not only on behalf of their children but for her personally. Her personal award was in the region of £33,000 each year.

Mr Wright, aged 59, being concerned that such an award would be unaffordable when he retired, aged 65, applied to the court last year to have the maintenance payments reduced.The Judge who heard that case agreed and ordered that Mrs Wright’s personal maintenance should stop, tailing-off over a 5 year period which lead up to Mr Wright’s retirement. Mrs Wright was not working and the Judge said that there was no good reason why she should not do so following the separation.

The Supreme Court has recently handed down its judgment in the Wyatt and Vince case which, whilst this case involves wealth, the decision could affect the average man in the street and their divorce cases.

Readers will recall that I wrote about Mrs Wyatt’s financial claim against Mr Vince brought nearly 19 years after their divorce in 1992.  At the time of the divorce and for some years thereafter, neither party had any money.