Securing a lump sum payment for a Wife

Dean represented the Wife in a Husband’s application to cease a periodical payments order.

The Husband’s application was made on three grounds (i) the children of the family had reached majority since the order was made; (ii) the Wife had failed to maximise her earning potential; and (iii) the husband had accrued a large tax bill for which he was being pursued by HMRC and thus, it was alleged, was unable to afford the ongoing payments.

Dean’s client had historically experienced great difficulty in receiving her payments, the Husband having finally ceased making the payments entirely 12 months previously, in breach of the order.

The matter proceeded to final hearing, at which point Dean was able to secure his client a favourable settlement on the basis that the payments would be capitalised and received in one lump sum, thus avoiding the need for his client to worry each month as to whether the next payment would be made.