A divorced man told earlier this year that he had to support his ex-wife for life is to have his appeal considered by the Supreme Court.
In February the Court of Appeal ruled that Graham Mills must increase the maintenance he pays he ex-wife to £1,441 per month, because “she was now unable to meet her basic needs”. She had lost much of the substantial settlement she received following their 2002 divorce after a series of “unwise property investments”.
Mr Mills had applied for permission to stop, or at least cut, the payments due, arguing that his former wife was in a position to earn more money than she did. The judge at the first hearing ruled that the payments should continue unchanged. The wife, who had wanted an increase, appealed.
When the Court of Appeal went a step further and actually increased his payments, Mr Mills decided to try and pursue the case, launching a crowdfunding campaign to cover his legal costs.
The Supreme Court has now granted Mr Mills permission to appeal but on a single ground only: whether or not the Court of Appeal was wrong to take his former wife’s housing costs into account, given that these had already been catered for in the initial divorce settlement.
The hearing has not yet been scheduled.