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UK woman wants S$4m from ex 22 years after divorce (P.S. He's now a multi-millionaire)

A UK woman is asking for 1.9 million pounds (S$4m) from her ex-husband for bringing up their child by herself.

What's so unusual about that? Well, the divorce happened 22 years ago. 

Oh, and her ex is now a millionaire.

Mr Dale Vince and Ms Kathleen Wyatt married in 1981 and had a son. They broke up in 1984 and were formally divorced in 1992.

At that time, both of them were poor.

Mr Vince: From poor to rich

After their separation, Mr Vince spent about a decade living from hand to mouth in a converted ambulance, attending New Age festivals and anti-nuclear arms protests.

In the early 1990s, he began experimenting with green energy.

He started at the Glastonbury music festival, where he fixed a windmill to the top of an old pylon, installed batteries at its foot, plugged in four large mobile telephones and offered festival-goers a wind-powered phone service.

From those modest beginnings, Mr Vince, now 54, eventually built up Ecotricity, a green energy business worth an estimated 57 million pounds.

He remarried and has three children with his wife, Kate, who used to work at Ecotricity.

Ms Wyatt: Still poor

Meanwhile, Ms Wyatt, now 56, and her four children get by on state benefits and earnings from low-wage jobs.

In 2011, Ms Wyatt launched legal action asking for 1.9 million pounds from her ex on the basis that she had brought up their son alone with no money from him.

Her claim was struck out by the Court of Appeal in 2013, but Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (March 11) that she could pursue her claim.

So Ms Wyatt will get her day in court.

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Source: Reuters

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