A woman whose divorce settlement was increased 15 years after her marriage ended has hit out at the coverage of her case in the media.
The 51 year-old has claimed that since the Court of Appeal ruled that her ex-husband should support her for life, she has become the victim of an online hate campaign. Several reports presented “a very one-sided version of the facts”, she said in a statement through her legal team.
The media coverage of the decision and the “internet hate mail” which followed have caused her “considerable distress” she insisted.
The woman had not even sought higher maintenance from her former husband. Her statement read:
“It should be noted that since the divorce 15 years ago, I have never returned to the court to increase my maintenance, despite my financial difficulty and bad health and low earnings.”
The reason she was in Court was because her ex-husband had applied “to reduce or eliminate the maintenance despite the fact [their] son is still in full-time education and still living with [her] at home” she said.
During this hearing, her lawyers explained that she had made a series of “unwise” property investments which had left her unable to buy a home for her and her son. The two were living in rented accommodation in Weybridge, Surrey, at the time of the dispute.
Lord Justice Longmore and Sir Ernest Ryder ruled that her spousal maintenance should be increased from £1,100 to £1,441 each month because she was “unable to meet her basic needs”.