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Aristocrat challenges 'divorce tourism' verdict

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An aristocrat is to appeal to the Supreme Court after losing a legal battle to stop his former spouse claiming monthly maintenance payments in the English courts following their divorce in Scotland. Charles Villiers, 55, said the decision would result in “a surge of divorcees swiftly relocating south of the border in a bid to cash in.” Although Mr Villiers filed for divorce in Scotland in 2014, three months later Mrs Villiers applied to the English courts for financial maintenance. It is the first reported cross-border case under an EU Maintenance Regulation, which treats Scotland and England as separate states, allowing either party to claim maintenance in a country of their choosing provided they lived there.

The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 7