Turner Freeman acted for the former wife of a deceased.
Eligibility for claims by “former wives” is recognised by Section 57(1)(d) of the Succession Act 2006, but in practice such claims are rare.
A pre-condition to any successful claim by a former spouse is the absence of a property settlement.
Our client was able to prove an ongoing relationship with deceased despite a separation of over 12 years before the deceased’s death, and numerous factors warranting provision to her, such that she was able to obtain a settlement from the estate.
In particular she had maintained at various times a relationship with the deceased over a significant period after separation, and had no property settlement.