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The former wife of a millionaire racehorse surgeon was told by a family court Judge that she has “no right to be supported for life” following her divorce.
Mr and Mrs Wright initially divorced in 2008 after a 11 year marriage. When dealing with the financial aspects of the separation, Mr Wright was ordered to pay Mrs Wright £75,000 per year of which £33,200 was spousal maintenance, the remainder being for the benefit of the two children. In addition, the couple were ordered to sell the £1.3 million family home, with the proceeds of sale being divided equally between them.
Mr Wright took issue with the ongoing maintenance obligations and applied to the court to have them reduced. In his application, he stated that his wife had made no effort whatsoever to see work and therefore questioned why he should be expected to continue to pay maintenance to her.
On considering the application, Judge Lynn Roberts ordered that the £33,200 per year spousal maintenance should eventually stop and therefore set out a planned reduction up to Mr Wright’s retirement. Mrs Wright sought permission to appeal at the Court of Appeal which was dismissed.
When giving judgement, the court heard that it is not unreasonable to expect the mother to contribute financially and Lord Justice Pitchford told her that it was “imperative” that she finds a job.
Legally, the courts are required to bring to an end the financial dependence between parties as soon as possible as well as considering the factors set out in Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1925.
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