Lawyer loses latest round of divorce court cash fight

A lawyer who complained he had been ordered to give more than half his disposable income to his estranged wife has lost the most recent round of a divorce court fight.

The man said an order made by Judge Mark Everall at a hearing in the Central Family Court in London left his estranged wife with over £39,000 out of about £78,000.

However, a more senior judge has dismissed an appeal.

Mrs Justice Roberts, who published a ruling after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, said Judge Everall had not made a “wrong” order.

The couple are both qualified lawyers although the woman has not worked since their first child was born more than a decade ago.

Judge Everall had ordered the man to make “periodical payments” to cover living costs for his wife and children as well as school fees.

Judge Everall and Mrs Justice Roberts concluded that the woman’s “foothold in the employment market” was “weaker” than her husband’s.