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Secondary litigation and divorce

How do you reach an agreement in a divorce settlement when the breadwinner is involved in separate financial proceedings?

14 September 2015

Recent press reports about the impending divorce of 'property tycoon' Andy Ruhan and his wife Tania Richardson-Ruhan, have focused on the scale of the couple's wealth, with Mr Ruhan estimated to be worth in the region of £200m.

However despite the huge sums of money involved, from the perspective of most family law practitioners, the most interesting aspect of this case concerns the impact of Mr Ruhan's exposure to an entirely separate set of court proceedings.

According to media reports, Mrs Richardson-Ruhan commenced divorce proceedings last year. The couple, who have been married for 18 years, derive their wealth from Mr Ruhan's business interests. Having founded and sold banking data centre provider, Global Switch, Mr Ruhan moved into property investment in the early 2000s and built a portfolio of investments throughout the world.

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