An acrimonious 16 year divorce battle has reached the Court of Appeal.
A wealthy former British Airways captain has been engaged in litigation with his third wife over various financial issues since they divorced in 2001, making the dispute one of the longest on record.
He insists that her teenage daughter was fathered by another man before their divorce and accuses her of fabricating evidence in support of a claim for child maintenance. He wants to protect his current fourth wife from the “wreckage of the past” he said.
She denies his allegations and claims he must “accept reality”.
At the Court of Appeal she urged the judges to rule that the original terms of the divorce settlement should be honoured, describing the lengthy – and tremendously expensive – legal wrangle as “ghastly”.
Her barrister said she had a “sincere wish that this court should dispose of this matter with as many restraining directions as possible, so it may never be resurrected again”.
The Court of Appeal Judges ‘reserved’ (postponed) their ruling until a later date.