Ex-Wife Loses Life-Long Maintenance Payments

20 April 2018 Written by Family Law Caithness Category: News

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal in London has caused a stir in English legal circles after ruling that a man shouldn’t be required to pay life-long maintenance to his former wife

William and Kim Waggott separated in 2012, reports the Daily Mail. He is described as a multimillionaire, and as part of the divorce settlement was ordered to give his ex-wife a lump sum of around £10 million, plus annual maintenance payments of £175,000, which were to be payable for life.

Neither party was happy with this settlement. Mrs Waggott went back to court to ask that her maintenance payments be increased by £23,000 a year. Mr Waggott on the other hand appealed against the decision to make the annual maintenance payable for life, arguing that this would mean there was no motivation for his ex-wife to ever return to work. She had previously worked as a finance controller.

The Court has now found in Mr Waggott’s favour and restricted the payments to three further years. Lord Justice Moylan reportedly acknowledged that in some cases there is justification for long-term maintenance payments, but in this situation the lack of an annual payment shouldn’t cause ‘undue hardship’ to Mrs Waggott. She could make up the income by investing some of the lump sum payment, and failing that she was capable of finding a job to bring in additional income. He also rejected Mrs Waggott’s application to have her maintenance payments increased.

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