Maria Mills received a £230,000 lump sum along with £1,100 monthly maintenance payments when she split from her husband Graham after 13 years of marriage.
But since the divorce in 2002 Mrs Mills invested the money ‘unwisely’ in London properties, landing herself in debt because of her ‘poor’ decisions.
Mr Mills argued he ‘should not be the insurer against his ex wife’s poor financial decisions’, saying it was unfair that he should ‘pick up the tab’ years after they split.
However, he has now been ordered to increase Mrs Mills’ monthly payments to £1,441 so she is ‘able to meet her basic needs’.
It was held that the Judge in the first court action, had calculated the Mrs Mills’ ‘needs’ at £1,441 a month, but had gone on to order that her monthly maintenance should not be increased from £1,100.
But the Appeal Court said that ‘shortfall’ was unexplained and left Mrs Mills out of pocket. Mrs Mills would not be able to move towards independence. The Appeal Court further stated that Mr Mills has and had the ability to make the maintenance payments asked for.
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