Divorcee Graham Mills talks to Julia Hartley-Brewer about his court fight to make divorce fairer

Divorcee Graham Mills talks to Julia Hartley-Brewer about his court fight to make divorce fairer

Graham Mills joined Julia Hartley-Brewer

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A man who is still paying his former wife despite divorcing 15 years ago has called for divorces to be made easier and fairer, as he runs a crowdfunding campaign to go to the Supreme Court.

Graham Mills got divorced from his wife 15 years ago and paid her a £230,000 lump sum. He has been supporting her and their son ever since and judges have ruled he should pay her for the rest of his life. His ex-wife also won a High Court case meaning maintenance payments were increased.

Graham Mills told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I can’t be responsible for what she spends and yet they're making me responsible for the issues she’s caused by overspending.

"It’s not revenge at all in fact it would be great if I could have an amicable relationship with her.

"One of the other things is there is a ruling which states people should be moving towards independence. This case and this ruling has made her more dependent.

He believes the law must change for all divorce cases: "We have to accept that about 45% of marriages end in divorce, we really ought to be making that situation easier and fairer.

"The precedent that this ruling has set is affecting everybody. It’s made it acceptable 15 years after divorce to come back and say I need more money."

"I don’t feel like this is justice, how can it be right."

Listen to the full interview above

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