Our thanks to K for pointing us to this story.
Therese St Clair Marshall, 43, was in a childless seven-year-long marriage to a businessman before he filed for divorce. A Daily Mail piece on the story, published eight days ago, is here. A female judge generously awarded her £650,000, equivalent to around £93,000 for each year of the marriage, her reward for… er… being married to a well-off man for seven years. Nice work, if you can get it.
The same judge ordered the sale of the £2 million West London town house they had occupied, towards which she had made no capital contribution whatsoever. From the article:
Mrs Marshall took her stand after Judge Wood ordered that the house be sold and the cash divided so that the former couple could achieve a ‘clean break.’ She ‘didn’t co-operate and didn’t comply’ with orders to give keys to the house to her ex and estate agents and refused to let in those attempting to value and market the property. A further order demanding that keys be sent to her husband’s lawyers, along with his business mail, was also ignored.
That led to a judge finding her in contempt of court and, in November last year, her arrest was ordered and baillifs were sent to her door. After her latest appeal failed, Mrs Marshall has been told she must leave this valuable west London house to allow both parties to ‘move on’.
However, Ann Hussey QC, for Mr Marshall, said their attempt to dislodge her proved unsuccessful. The bailiffs retreated after one of them was injured by a heavy object falling on his head from an upper floor of the house, she added.
As a result of her resistance, the barrister said the wife now has a seven-day prison sentence hanging over her for her contempt. Mrs Marshall had told the county court judge: ‘Send me to prison… Just do it, come on do it, I dare you.’