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April 1, 2010

FT: 25 years after divorce, husband still liable

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A leading barrister has been ordered to pay his former wife a lump sum of £215,000 – 25 years after they divorced.

A leading barrister has been ordered to pay his former wife a lump sum of £215,000 – 25 years after they divorced.

David Vaughan QC, an expert in European law, had been been paying his former wife Philippa an annual sum of £27,175. But in November a deputy High Court judge stopped these payments and declined to make an order for a lump sum in favour of his ex-wife instead.

Yesterday the Court of Appeal ruled that Mr Vaughan, who has since remarried, should make a £215,000 payment to his ex-wife despite the fact that they separated in 1981 and divorced four years later.

The case is important because it touches on the vexed question of the financial obligations of a remarried husband towards his first wife.

To read the full story, visit ft.com

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