Friday, March 9, 2012

First there is a gay marriage and now comes the hard part, gay divorce

A case at the Court of Appeal over the splitting of a gay couple’s £4 million assets has made headlines due to the couple’s differing financial situations.

Peter Lawrence, 47, and Don Gallagher, 54, had been together for eleven years but dissolved their civil partnership after seven months, The Times reports.

Mr Lawrence is paid nearly £400,000 a year in his role as a City analyst but Mr Gallagher had earned less over his career as a stage actor.

A lower court told the couple Mr Gallagher was entitled to £1.7 million in the dissolution of the partnership, most of which would come from the value of their central London flat.

Mr Lawrence is now appealing the case, claiming the flat should not be included in the settlement.