The mother of a son by a Middle Eastern royal has failed in a bid to increase the child maintenance she receives from £200,000 to £800,000 per year.
She had applied for the huge increase because she believed her son ’C’, now aged seven, should lead a life in keeping with his father’s wealth. She repeatedly cited various luxuries, includes a box at the Emirates football stadium, membership of Ascot, first class flights and household staff.
The unnamed woman made the application under section 1 of the Children Act 1989, which governs the ‘welfare of the child’. In her 30s, she is also from a Middle Eastern but lives in London with her son.
At the High Court, Mr Justice Bodey noted that the boy’s father had had played no role in his upbringing beyond paying the mother child maintenance.
“The parties never lived together. The father has never seen C, nor expressed any interest in him. The mother, therefore, bears the entire responsibility of caring for him and bringing him up. She wishes to do so in a lifestyle commensurate with that of the son of a member of a hugely wealthy Royal Family.”
While he acknowledged that the father was “among the super-rich” and lived in a “world of opulence”, the Judge was unconvinced by the mother’s application, saying the amount she currently received was “suitable and appropriate”.
“Unhappily the mother has a fervent belief that C and therefore she herself, by way of a carer’s allowance, should be allowed a vast income provision to enable C’s lifestyle to replicate that of the father; but almost without regard to the fact that he is a seven-year old growing up in London.”
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