A court has ruled that a man must pay his ex-wife a Â£2million lump sum from his lottery winnings despite finalising his divorce ten years earlier.
When Nigel Page, 44, won Â£56million on the Euromillions in February 2010 he became Britain’s third biggest winner lottery winner. At the time, he was paying Â£150 per month maintenance for his thirteen year old daughter and had intended to offer Wendy Page, his former spouse, a significantly larger sum as a goodwill gesture.
However, Mrs Page took pre-emptive legal action against her former husband in a bid to claim more and last week she successfully negotiated a lump sum payout of Â£2million together with Â£2,000 a month for their daughter.
There has been some speculation that Mr Page was in a legally vulnerable position because, when the marriage broke down, he failed to ensure that his wife signed a legally binding “”clean break order”” preventing either of them from making a claim against the other at any point in the future.
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(Article sourced from Sky News online, 25 November 2010)