Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and his former wife, Nicole Appleton, have recently appeared at the Central Family Court in London in a dispute over their divorce settlement.
The five year marriage broke down in 2013, when it emerged that Mr Gallagher had fathered a child with another woman with whom he had had an affair. He also reportedly had an affair with his former manager.
Adultery can be relied on as a fact to prove that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. However, it can be difficult to prove. The adultery needs to be admitted by the spouse or there needs to be strong evidence of the adultery. Even where the husband is alleged to have fathered a child by another woman, the court is only able to infer adultery where the husband has been found to be the father of a child by a court in other proceedings. In any event, in this case, Ms Appleton is reported as having said that Mr Gallagher “admitted adultery to me prior to it becoming publicised in national newspapers”.
The couple reportedly divorced in April last year but they appear to be embroiled in a legal dispute regarding a financial settlement. In cases involving court proceedings, it is always difficult to predict the amount of time it will take to settle matters as it will depend on the attitude of the other spouse and their solicitors. Each party is obliged to provide full and frank financial disclosure and so it also depends on the volume and complexity of the financial documents disclosed.
Our expert family solicitors are members of Resolution, which means that they are required to comply with its Code of Practice. When disputes are resolved in a constructive and non-confrontational way as promoted by the Code, the outcome can be much better, both financially and emotionally, for all concerned.
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