Dale Vince ex-wife wins divorce cash battle

A woman has won a landmark Supreme Court bid to claim cash from her ex-husband 20 years after they divorced.

Judges had initially blocked her claim after Mr Vince argued he had made his wealth after their relationship ended and she had made her application too late.Kathleen Wyatt, of Monmouthshire, applied for maintenance from former husband, Dale Vince founder of wind-power firm Ecotricity, in 2011.

But five judges at the Supreme Court today overturned the decision and said her application should now be assessed in the family division of the High Court. 

Delivering the ruling, Lord Wilson said the court must have regard “to the contribution of each party to the welfare of the family, including by looking after the home or caring for the family”.

This ruling underlines the fact there is no time limit for ex-spouses to apply to a court for a financial settlement following a divorce – however weak their claim may be.

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