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Lottery winner forced to pay £2m to ex-wife

In yet another example of the complicated rules surrounding divorce settlements, a man who won £56million in the Euromillions lottery has been forced to give his ex-wife £2million of his windfall, ten years after she left him for another man.

Nigel Page, who is now re-married, reached an out-of-court settlement with his ex-wife after she tried to sue him for much more, and it is believed to be the first case of its kind. The ability for a partner to come back years after a divorce settlement is not restricted to lottery winners. If there is a split settlement or ongoing maintenance agreement as part of a divorce, in the event of a windfall, the other partner can come back and sue for enough money to be financially comfortable for life. This option is only removed if the divorce involves a one-off lump sum settlement which is intended to be final.

In this instance, when Mr and Mrs Page divorced, Nigel Page bought out his ex-wife’s interest in their home and also entered into a maintenance agreement to support their three year old daughter. The element of the ongoing maintenance agreement left him liable to make a further payment to his ex-wife in the event of coming into new wealth.

If you live in Northern Ireland and are considering a marriage separation or divorce, be sure to take full expert legal advice to cover all areas such as the divorce settlement, child maintenance, child custody and access, and all other issues. Contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by emailing family@wilson-nesbitt.com .

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