1. Mrs A sought a divorce from her husband on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. She was employed part-time (15 hours a week) around her tasks as full time mother to boys aged 10 and 7 years, both attending schools locally. The matrimonial assets primarily consisted of a four bedroom house in Oxfordshire with equity of approximately £200k, a holiday cottage in north Devon worth £95k, with a £60k mortgage but with good rental potential and Mr. A’s share and pension portfolio worth in the region of £250,000. Mr. A opposed the petition, denied the need for separate accommodation and after initial negotiations, offered to provide funds for the renting of a two bedroom house in the local area and maintenance for the children of £75 each per week.
Following advice and representation from Elizabeth McQuay, Mrs A was able to remain in the matrimonial home with her sons, so keeping her employment, while Mr A moved to a smaller, but very satisfactory, local apartment. The mortgage and other vital outgoings on the main house were ordered to be paid by Mr A. Future provision for maintenance for Mrs A and for the boys until the age of 18 was also ordered.