E v E (Financial Provision): FD 1990

The parties had a long marriage. They had acquired or inherited substantial assets, some of which had been placed in trusts. W had left and had affairs. She sought ancillary relief.
Held: The wife’s behaviour was not to be considered as a separate factor under section 25, but was still part of the picture of her contribution to the marriage. The post-nuptial settlement should not be varied to an extent greater than was necessary, and the first consideration remained the welfare of the children. W had persisted in unrealistic valuations of properties, and H had at first failed to disclose assets held in Switzerland. Each had contributed to increased costs and the costs order should reflect this.

Ewbank J
[1990] 20 Fam Law 297, [1990] 2 FLR 233
Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 25(2)(g)
England and Wales

Family, Costs

Updated: 12 December 2021; Ref: scu.235273