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Unemployed mum deserves to cash in on ex's wealth

ColumnistsBy Caoimhe Young
Kathleen Wyatt
Kathleen Wyatt

IT would be a complete bummer if your ex-husband won the Lotto.

Just imagine him rolling up to Lotto HQ on Abbey Street with a troop of pals ready to sip champagne and toast his new life.

I’d feel for you. 

But here’s what I thought when I heard about the woman who is taking her wind farm tycoon former hubby to court 22 years later: What a chancer!

However, the devil is in the detail.

Kathleen Wyatt said Dale Vince was outraged when she went to him begging for cash after being left on benefits with two children.

Vince, a wind farm tycoon, worth more than £100m, used to live in an old ambulance. His former wife is suing him for £2m of his fortune. 

The landmark case, which has now reached the Supreme Court, could have far-reaching consequences for men who have become rich after a divorce.

The pair married in 1981 when they were both penniless, living largely on state benefits.

After their divorce in 1992, Mr Vince lived in an old ambulance he powered with a home-made wind turbine made from recycled materials.

But in 1995, Mr Vince founded Ecotricity, which is now one of the U.K.’s biggest green energy companies and led to him being awarded an OBE in 2004.

Now worth an estimated £107 million, he owns a sports car and lives in the £3million 18th century castle with his new wife and their five-year-old son.

Her claim for maintenance was struck out by the Court of Appeal, but her lawyers are now challenging this decision in the Supreme Court.

Looking for money after the fact, and ages after the fact seems crazy, but with his affluent lifestyle, he is at ease and rolling in it.

Then you see her and you know you want her to get some of it – just a little bit to make life easier.