Divorced man seeks Supreme Court challenge

Divorce|June 5th 2017

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.

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  1. Andy says:

    High time the law changed…once divorced you finances are your own matter..
    He needs support and support he will have…
    Every Spousal maintenance incorrectly dished out by the courts is either incompetent or bloody wrong..
    The comment says it all..Court is for everyone not just to be shafted…
    Bloody good luck to him..FIGHT and FIGHT on.
    (*Comment moderated)

  2. Jim Franklin says:

    This is simply absurd. Why should he support her for life, is she incapable of working, sounds to me like a clear case of sex discrimination.

    This ongoing nonsense when a relationship goes south needs to stop. Of course there needs to be a fair agreement, but FAIR not unjust.
    (*Comment moderated)

  3. stitchedup2(Paul) says:

    Totally agree with Andy. What the hell are her needs that she can’t live on £1000 a month ? We now have 50/50 oppertunity to work. Yet only men are actually and actively forced or preasured to do so. This is wrong wrong wrong.
    If you want equality girls then you should take the rough with the smooth. No work no money !
    (*Comment moderated)

  4. Cameron Paterson says:

    Moderator’s note: we welcome views on the legal principles in this case, but any offensive remarks about the individuals concerned will be removed

  5. Mrs Miss says:


    How very dare he. What keeps getting overlooked is that his ex wife did not take him to court for any more money.

    He wanted to stop paying altogether. The judge assessed that the deal he had struck was unfair. But not because he was paying anything, but because he was not paying enough. Nasty shock for him, I’m sure.

    Poor little honey then goes crying to eejits on crowdfunding for more cash on an “important point of principle”. Looks like she left him the business they built together for small payments and he has done very nicely out of that deal. Read deeper before you chuck her on the pyre of grasping harpy ex wives. She is nothing of the sort. In playground language…he started it, and he wasn’t happy when the stick he picked up slapped backwards into his own face. Whoops!

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