A woman who returned to her husband following a separation has been awarded a divorce settlement of £2.8 million.
The unnamed couple were married for ten years, but separated after seven. The woman later went back to her husband, the Express & Star reports. In a statement made during the subsequent divorce proceedings, the wife said she had realised she had to “extricate myself slowly” and “put things in place”. The reconciliation gave the opportunity, to “hide possessions…under friends’ beds”. She admitted to feeling “guilty” about the move.
Her former husband claimed she had returned solely in order to improve her financial situation, saying the reconciliation had been a “sham”. But, sitting in the Family Division, Mr Justice Coleridge disagreed, saying he did not think this had been her “sole purpose” and that the reconciliation had been “genuine on both sides”.
The couple had been wealthy, with joint assets exceeding £7 million. He was a successful businessman and she ran a restaurant business. Their home had included a stable block and they travelled regularly to Australia.
She asked for £3.9 million in settlement of the divorce, including sufficient funds to buy a home with a working stable. Her former husband countered with an offer of just £2.1 million. The judge concluded that her needs could be met by £2.8 million, including £1 million to buy a home, £1 million in cash and £400,000 in property
But, said the judge, her housing needs did not include “an equestrian element”. He also insisted that £1 million was sufficient to buy a home near London.