A woman has been awarded her ex-husband’s entire fortune in what is believed to be the first divorce case of its kind in the UK. Dr Enas Aly was awarded the £550,000 assets her ex-husband, Dr Essam Aly, owned after he allegedly “washed his hands” of his family.
Essam Aly appealed, stating the decision was “unfair”, however judges declared that he thoroughly deserved the ruling against him – saying that he had neglected his family when he left the UK and began a relationship with a new woman in Bahrain, underwent an Islamic marriage ceremony and had another child, having not paid a penny in maintenance or child support to Enas Aly since 2012.
Judge Mark Rodgers awarded Enas Aly the proceeds of the sale of their £250,000 home and another £310,000 from Dr Essam Aly’s bank accounts. Lord Justice McFarlane said that Rodgers had “no realistic expectation of getting any further maintenance” from Dr Aly, and Lord Justice McCombe upheld Rodger’s award to Dr Aly’s ex-wife because he had abandoned his duty of care.
He said of Dr Essam Aly: “He was beyond the reach of enforcement of courts in this country. He hadn’t been paying for the previous two years. The wife was to have the sole responsibility and financial burden for bringing these children up. The judge, therefore, concluded that she should have the lion’s share, if not all, of the assets, as she needed them to house herself in appropriate accommodation and make provision for these children.”
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