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Supreme Court hears wife’s appeal in Vince v Wyatt

Hearing commences on 8th December

On Monday, 8th December, and Tuesday, 9th December, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal by the wife in the case of Vince v Wyatt [2013] EWCA Civ 495.

The parties married on 18 December 1981. The wife came into the marriage with a daughter from a previous relationship, E. The husband (who accepted E as part of the family) and the wife had their only child together, a son, D, in 1981. The date of separation is disputed. The husband says it is 1984 whereas the wife says it was some years later. The wife applied for a divorce which was made absolute on 26 October 1992. At the time of divorce neither the husband nor wife had assets or income. The wife remained primary carer of E and D. Following divorce, but before E and D attained majority, the husband formed a company which has been hugely successful. The wife claims that the husband has provided virtually no financial support since their separation. Further, she claims that despite her best efforts she was unable until 2010 to advance her claims for financial relief. The wife describes that she was let down by the legal profession having visited four different solicitors in 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2002.

The appeal will be heard by Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Hughes and Lord Hodge.

The appeal will be broadcast live from 11 am on the 8th December and 10.30 am on the 9th December from this page.

For the judgment in the Court of Appeal and summary by Thomas Dudley of 1 Garden Court Chambers, please click here.