Divorce appeal set for the Lords

The House of Lords will have to rule in its capacity as the highest court in the land on a divorce settlement that several cases have failed to settle once and for all.

Nigerian-born couple Olusola and Sikirat Agbaje, who are UK citizens with five British-born children, divorced in 2005 and in the hearing - which was held in the west African country - Mr Agbaje gained £616,000 worth of the couple's assets, while Mrs Agbaje was only awarded £7,000.

An appeal court challenge in the UK saw Mrs Agbaje awarded £275,000, but her ex-husband managed to overturn this on appeal via a ruling that the Nigerian court decision should stand as the marriage was under that country's authority.

Those whose divorce may be rather more amicable can opt for a DIY divorce pack to avoid the cost of using lawyers.

People keen to ensure they do not have a messy divorce can insure themselves against it by taking out a prenuptial agreement.

For those already married, a postnuptial agreement can also be made, the Ayrshire Post noted recently.

Written by Christopher Evans

Published on: May 28, 2009

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