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Divorce row puts million-pound estate in jeopardy

Manchester couples undergoing separations may be interested in a divorce case that observers say is one of the most protracted in the nation's history. According to reports, an airline pilot who is currently married to his fourth wife is embroiled in a battle with his third spouse. At the heart of the disagreement lie the man's allegations that he's spent around two decades making support payments for his ex-wife's daughter. He believes the 18-year-old isn't his child even though the mother claims to possess DNA evidence to the contrary.

If news sources are accurate this case could result in court costs that deplete the pilot's fortune. The man argued that his ex-wife fraudulently switched the DNA samples and even denies that the signature on the daughter's birth certificate is actually his.

Wife wants share of husband's sexual abuse compensation

A woman in England has petitioned for a share of the compensation that her soon-to-be ex-husband received for being sexually abused as a child. The 41-year-old woman wants the sexual abuse compensation to be considered a marital asset and divided as part of the divorce settlement. Her 45-year-old husband wants to donate all of the money to charity.

When he was a child, the woman's husband was subjected to hundreds of incidents of sexual abuse from a family friend. The perpetrator spent three years in jail, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded the victim compensation in the amount of £175,000. However, the man says that he never wanted to profit from what happened to him and preferred to leave the money in a charitable trust to help other sexual abuse victims.

High Court battle over £116 million fortune

The multi-million pound divorce battle between the founder of the online grocery company Ocado and his wife has commenced. Following the decision of the judge in the proceedings, the details of the hearing will not be revealed to the public until after a judgement has been passed. Shoppers in the Greater Manchester area who have used Ocado to buy their groceries are among 500,000 customers of the retailing company which is the largest of its kind in the world.

The businessman attended Manchester University before working as a trader in an investment bank. He founded Ocado in 2000, the year after he married his wife. The couple have enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with a holiday property in France, a £15 million family home in London's Highgate and a social calendar including events with Sir Philip Green and Gwyneth Paltrow. The High Court divorce battle will decide how a fortune of £116 million will be divided between the parties.

Divorce battle of Russia's richest man

The former wife of the Russian billionaire, Vladimir Potanin, has said that she may bring her divorce battle to London if the Russian Supreme Court rejects her appeal of a court ruling there. Greater Manchester residents may be interested to know that Forbes has declared him to be Russia's richest man and that he is estimated to be worth £10 billion. The couple were married for 30 years and he has offered a divorce settlement worth £32 million.

London has been the location of a number of high profile divorce battles as a result of the legal principle in U.K family law that the homemaker is the equal partner to the income earner in a marriage. The former wife of the Russian mining tycoon said that laws protecting women in Russia were at times ineffective. She claimed that when he first announced his decision to divorce her, he said she could have private health care and maintenance payments for their son. She is now battling for a settlement of £5 billion.

Settlement claim lodged long after the divorce

Homeowners in the Greater Manchester area who are acquainted with green energy companies may be interested to learn that the founder of Ecotricity has been forced to pay a settlement of £300,000 to the woman he divorced more than two decades ago. He had objected to the case being brought to the courts on the grounds that too much time had passed for her to make any claims for financial remedy, but his appeal was rejected.

The entrepreneur businessman met his former wife when they were students and the couple married in 1981. They lived an unorthodox lifestyle as New Age travelers until they separated a few years later and divorced in 1992. He said that allowing his ex-wife to make a claim based on a short relationship so long ago could set a precedent to many other divorced couples in a similar situation. The green energy company that he launched a few years after his divorce is now estimated to be worth over £100 million.

Saudi man in £238 million divorce battle

The Saudi billionaire who divorced his wife of sixteen years in Saudi Arabia by the Islamic procedure talaq is facing a divorce settlement claim worth nearly £240 million. Residents of the Greater Manchester area may be interested to hear that his former wife has said she requires this amount for the needs portion of her divorce settlement and she has yet to submit her full claim. Although lawyers for the man are already describing her demands as excessive, the judge hearing the case said that the decision on a needs claim was for the court to make.

Court documents show that the 54-year-old former Pirelli model is claiming her needs include almost £75 million for houses in England, £495,000 for cars, more than £1 million for art and an annual maintenance payment of over £6 million. Her lifestyle costs include the price of travelling by private jet between London and her California property which is worth an estimated £14 million. The settlement that she has been offered is far more modest and totals approximately £32 million.

Former wife can keep £3.5 million settlement

Greater Manchester residents may be interested in a case that was recently heard by the Appeal Court in London. The court ruled that the former wife of a wealthy property mogul can keep her £3.5 million settlement from her divorce even though she has been living with a new partner.

Reportedly, the husband argued that she should not receive the settlement amount because she could rely on her partner for financial support. He also said that his former wife had lived with her partner for more than a decade, that they had a joint bank account and owned a home together, clearly showing they were living as man and wife.

£70 million settlement for ex-wife of retail millionaire

The co-founder of an international retailer has been ordered to pay his ex-spouse one-third of his fortune in his divorce settlement. The wealthy businessman separated from his wife in 2013 and later moved in with his former personal assistant. He has since been in a legal battle with his ex-wife over the financial settlement following their divorce. Shoppers in the Greater Manchester area may know of the Internet fashion retailer Asos, the company that the millionaire co-founded in 2000. The company announced that he was selling 1.3 million of his shares worth in the region of £46 million at the current price.

The retail tycoon started the business with a friend in 2000 and saw his company float on the stock exchange in 2001. Asos, which stands for As Seen On Screen, expanded from a U.K.-based operation to a global company under his leadership, and he remains a non-executive director of the organisation. His net worth has been valued at £220 million and includes shares in the company as well as a property portfolio.

Court finds woman not guilty of assaulting husband

The divorce battle between a wealthy businessman and his wife escalated after he accused her of assaulting him in his home. People in the Manchester area who have experienced an acrimonious divorce may understand the emotion and tensions that could lead to such a situation. The court heard testimony from both parties regarding the events on the day of the alleged assault, but with no independent witnesses, the charge of assault was dismissed.

The man's wife, aged 47, said that in December 2015 she had visited her husband at his home in order to talk about their divorce. She said that she was on her knees pleading with him when he leaned over her and began shouting and taunting her with his wealth. She told the court that he was a bully and in response to his behaviour she pushed him in the chest, knocking him over and that his injuries were a result of the fall.

Insecure retirement for over-50s divorcing couples

Research has shown that the majority of couples who divorced when they were over 50 years of age are financially worse off and may still not be secure when they retire. The information contained in the survey conducted by Nationwide Mortgages may be of interest to older couples in the Greater Manchester area who are considering a separation. It showed that 58 per cent of those questioned said that they were worse off, with only 18 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women saying that they were in a better financial situation after the divorce.

More than half of the couples were married for 20 years or more at the time of their divorce, and Nationwide Building Society said that it was important for people to take advice even before starting the divorce process. More than a quarter of the couples sold the marital home in their divorce and 6 per cent ended up splitting family heirlooms. Another 10 per cent shared the proceeds from selling a car and over 20 per cent said that they had divided up the furniture.