The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the First Instance Judge in Mills v Mills by agreeing that the ex-wife should not have her spousal maintenance payments increased after 16 years of being divorced.
You may remember an earlier installment of this tale ... here's how we covered it earlier this year: mills-v-mills-spousal-maintenance
Mrs Mills received a lump sum of £230,000 on divorce as well as spousal maintenance of £1,100 per month for their joint lives or until she remarried or a further order was made.
Many years later, Mrs Mills found herself struggling to meet her outgoings, largely due to mismanaging her finances, incurring significant debts and making a series of unwise property purchases since she divorced Mr Mills in 2002.
Mrs Mills found herself in a position of having to rent a property rather than living in a property she owned mortgage-free.
The Court Judgement
Mr Mills applied to court to cancel the spousal maintenance order and proposed to pay his ex-wife a lump sum of £26,000.
Alternatively he proposed that spousal maintenance only continued for a fixed period of time and at a reduced rate. His ex-wife cross-applied to increase spousal maintenance.
The Judge dismissed both applications so that the original spousal maintenance order was upheld.
Mrs Mills Appeals
However, Mrs Mills appealed to the Court of Appeal and they increased her spousal maintenance payments to £1,441 per month.
And the Final Judgement ...
Mr Mills appealed to the Supreme Court who have now agreed that the maintenance payments should remain as they are – with no increases or decreases.