Normally, in a long term marriage, you would expect to obtain a 50/50 split in the marital estate. However, as in the case of Aly v Aly the Wife received 100% of the marital Estate. How?
Both were doctors and the Husband had failed to pay Child Maintenance and had left the United Kingdom to live and reside in Bahrain, which is outside the reach of the Child Maintenance Service. He had not paid a penny towards them for 4 years or his former wife and nor was he likely to in either case. The Husband had started a relationship with another woman and subsequently married her in an Islamic ceremony before leaving for Bahrain, and had washed his hands of his former wife and children. This was the reason the Judge awarded them 100% of the entire estate.
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Author : Mitra Nath ASSISTANT SOLICITOR