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Cheap Whine or settling for second best

Cheap Whine or settling for second best might have been a summary of page 9 of the Telegraph on Saturday being of interest to a specialist divorce solicitor at Northwich solicitors Stonehewer Moss as it revealed something about human nature in divorce and buying wine. Cheap may not be second best as an ASDA bottle of red for under £5 has won a blind test by Decanter World Wine Awards. On the same page a coda to an article about a divorcing wife seeking a million pounds a year clothes allowance quietly reports that Wyatt v Vince has settled for £300,000, which happens to be about the budget that might have been envisaged by Lord Wilson in the Supreme Court when he remarked on outcomes upon refusing the application of the husband to strike out the financial claim arising from divorce twenty years after the divorce itself in which time husband had built up a multi million pound eco company. The settlement was approved by the lower tier court remarking that no doubt husband thinks it was just a commercial decision but the court felt it was fair upon the circumstances of the case. This latter remark does indicate that if the circumstances justify it, lapse of time and accumulation of assets during that time does not present a bar to addressing a marriage created financial need from post marriage wealth. Michael Brennan accredited specialist in divorce work at Cheshire solicitors Stonehewer Moss, comments; ” This is an unusual case but I would not bet a case of ASDA plonk on similar outcomes arising where hard up couples at the time of divorce have gone their separate ways without a financial settlement and one party makes wealth while the other cares for the kids; that is relationship generated need that the court can clearly address from post divorce assets in such cases. The case was funded by legal services orders and otherwise might never have had an outcome of this nature. The husband effectively funded the ex wife though not misconducting himself, the court awards a budget to the ex wife to fight the case, paid for by the ex husband with means to pay.”

Second best legal services need not be assumed these days either because inexpensively funded through fixed fees or being funded by the other party with the means to pay via a legal services order. Cheap Whine or settling for second best seek advice before consuming either.

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