Millionaire to Ex-Wife: Stay as My Housekeeper
Mysteriously, she 'became aggressive,' court hears
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2014 1:04 AM CST
Not an acceptable gift for an ex-partner.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A wealthy British man asked his ex-wife to stay on as his housekeeper after he moved another woman into the home they shared—and couldn't understand why the offer made his partner of 30 years "so aggressive," a court heard this week. The man, now in his 70s, married the woman in the 1970s and divorced her in the '90s, but the court was told that they carried on living together, treating the divorce as a "bit of paper," until he met the other woman a few years ago, the Telegraph reports.

When the ex-wife was asked to remain as "some sort of housekeeper," she found the suggestion "very demeaning and upsetting," the court heard. She took him to court, and the befuddled husband "could not come to terms with why (the partner), through her lawyers, had become so aggressive." The judge ruled that there was "no distinction" in their lives before and after the divorce and the ex-wife was entitled to half her husband's fortune, a total of around $8 million, London24 reports.

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Sara Wilson
Jan 31, 2014 8:02 AM CST
In this world of equality of women, why must they take HALF (or anything) of what a man makes? Can't they make it on their own? If and when I get married and divorced, I should be expected to survive on my own and not depend on my ex to support me. Why should he have to pay? It is an old and outdated system. Child support only, but exes don't deserve squat from the other.
Jan 30, 2014 7:55 PM CST
I'd punch him in the nose!
Jan 30, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Only in Britain.