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When will the bubble burst for matrimonial claims?
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John Fotheringham Shoosmiths LLP
A recent case in the High Court in England has attracted the attention of family lawyers throughout the UK. Christina Estrada has asked the court for £196m from her ex-husband as an estimation not of a share of matrimonial property but of her needs.
Ms Estrada married Sheikh Walid Juffali some 12 years ago. The couple have one teenaged daughter. Dr Juffali divorced her in Saudi Arabia in 2014 under Islamic law without her knowledge having taken another wife in 2012. Polygamy is allowed under Saudi law.
Ms Estrada had been a model before meeting Dr Juffali but conceded in her statement that her lifestyle when with him had been 'magical'. Claiming that she was entitled to continue with that lifestyle she estimated her needs as including £40 000 for fur coats £21 000 for shoes each year and £55m for a house in London together with £4.4m for a country house. These needs apparently included just over a £1m per year as a clothing budget about £250 000 for an annual holiday at the Ritz in Paris plus £74...
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