Woman gets €45,000 for share of €240,000 home
CIVIL COURT EX-PARTNERS IN BATTLE OVER PROPERTY
A WOMAN now living in County Wicklow received € 45,000 for her share of the € 240,000 home she once shared with her ex-boyfriend after she was offered a settlement of € 70,000 some time after they had broken up.
Jennifer Gibson and Francis Boyne faced one-another in Dublin Circuit Civil Court, as she asked Judge Jacqueline Linnane to quantify her particular financial interest in their former residence at an adress of 28 The Grove, Hunters Run, Clonee, County Meath.
Ms Gibson now lives in Wicklow with a new partner, while Mr. Boyne now shares The Grove with his new partner.
Neither party could agree as to the reason they split up, with Ms Gibson claiming it was because of Mr. Boyne’s physical violence toward her, while he claimed it was because she had been involved in an affair with a work colleague.
The couple had been together since 1999 and bought The Grove in 2002 for € 220,000 in joint names.
Mr. Boyne paid 50 per cent of the price with the proceeds of his former home.
A second mortgage was taken out for € 45,000 to refurbish the house.
Mr. Boyne, a € 62,000 a year taxi driver, had paid all mortgage repayments and some bills. Ms Gibson, a € 26,000 a year reception- ist, claimed she paid gas, electricity and other bills.
Her counsel also told the court that she was willing to accept € 60,000 prior to the start of the case. She moved out of The Grove in September 2006.
Judge Linnane said it had been suggested Mr. Boyne at all times paid mortgage payments, insurances and other bills.
Mr. Boyne’s contribution to the purchase price and the fact he had been solely responsible for the mortgages since Ms Gibson moved out were all taken into consideration by the judge.
Mr. Boyne was ordered to pay Ms Gibson € 45,000 within six months for her interest in the property.