Supreme Court rules in divorce maintenance case

The Supreme Court considered whether a businessman should increase maintenance to his former wife 16 years after their divorce.

Last year Graham Mills was ordered by the Court of Appeal to increase monthly maintenance payments to his former wife, Maria, from £1,100 per month to £1,441 for life as she was “unable to support her basic needs.”

Following their divorce settlement in 2002, Mrs Mills was given a lump sum to buy a house mortgage-free but had “unwisely” traded up to live in more upmarket properties. She was subsequently left with a mortgage and without any remaining capital.

She is presently living in rented accommodation and wants her maintenance payments to be increased.

Mr Mills is asking the UK’s highest court to reduce the maintenance payments. Mr Mills has since remarried and is arguing that he wants to move on with his life.