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Fairness, needs and stockpiling: AB v FC [2016] EWHC 3285 (Fam)

Date:6 FEB 2017
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Trainee solicitor
At a final hearing the court considered the appropriate needs for the wife of a professional footballer in circumstances where there was limited capital the marriage had been short and there was no marital acquest.

Background facts

H and W began a relationship in 2011 and married in France in October 2013. In January 2015 H and W welcomed a child (‘A’) but separated when the child was just four months old. H was a professional footballer earning circa £1m net per annum plus discretionary bonuses. His contract expired in 2019. W had previously worked as a beautician but had not worked since 2010 having made the decision to be a homemaker. H and W never owned a property together but lived together in a substantial home in north east England which they rented at a cost of £52 000 per annum.

The marriage was short lasting just 19 months. W petitioned for divorce in May 2015 and decree nisi was pronounced in January 2016.

The parties attempted a reconciliation in May 2016 during which time W fell pregnant. Unfortunately W...

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