A divorced man has started a fundraising campaign so his maintenance dispute can be heard by the Supreme Court.
Graham Mills received widespread media attention back in February when the Court of Appeal ruled he had to financially support his ex-wife for life. When the couple divorced back in 2002, he had given her £230,000 as well as £1,100 per month in maintenance. However this was raised to £1,441 each month back in February. Judges in the Court of Appeal declared that his former wife was “unable to meet her basic needs” under the terms of the original settlement.
After reports of this decision surfaced, many members of the public voiced their support for Mills, while his ex-wife criticised the tone of the coverage. She claimed that she had suffered from “considerable distress” after receiving hate mail.
Following this controversy he remained out of the public eye for several months but has now re-emerged and is seeking to challenge the Court of Appeal’s ruling. To do so will cost him around £50,000 and he has set up a crowdfunding page in order to reach that goal. At the time of writing, Mills had raised a little over £4,000.
He claims the decision was “not only completely unfair for [him], but one that has implications for all men”.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mills said he had “been through some dark times” but claimed he “simply cannot lie down and accept this ruling”. His legal bid is represents more than just justice for him, he insisted, “this is for every person who’s been shafted in the divorce courts”.
He told the newspaper that he had received messages of support from men who have had similar experiences with spousal maintenance and from women “who are affronted that this has put feminism back 20 years” as the idea of financial support for life suggests that women are dependent on men.