Di­vorce bat­tle for po­lice­man son of peer who mar­ried six times

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Roz­ina Sabur

THE SON of Bri­tain’s most di­vorced peer is now locked in his own di­vorce bat­tle over his fam­ily fortune af­ter he gave up his aris­to­cratic life to be­come a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice of­fi­cer.

Lord Wode­house, fourth earl of Kim- berley, earned him­self a rep­u­ta­tion as a play­boy and spent mil­lions of the fam­ily fortune through his lux­ury life­style, six mar­riages and five di­vorces.

The earl, whose god­fa­ther was PG Wode­house, the au­thor, sold off Kim­berly Hall, the fam­ily seat near Wy­mond­ham, Norfolk, be­fore his death in 2002. His son from his third mar­riage, Henry Wyn­d­ham Wode­house, 61, is a re­tired po­lice­man who has twice fol­lowed his fa­ther to the di­vorce courts, most re­cently in 2011 af­ter his sec­ond mar­riage, to his wife Ellen, broke down.

Last year the di­vorce judge in the case or­dered Mr Wode­house to give his es­tranged wife £90,000, adding that any money the twice-bank­rupt Mr Wode­house could not pay should be taken from his fa­ther’s trust fund.

But Mr Wode­house says he has “mod­est means” leav­ing him un­able to pay such a sum, and is ar­gu­ing money should not come out of a trust fund his fa­ther left for his fam­ily.

This week Lord Jus­tice Mcfar­lane, Ap­peal Court judge, granted Mr Wode­house per­mis­sion to chal­lenge the rul­ing, say­ing: “There is a heav­i­ness to my heart, be­cause this lit­i­ga­tion is now go­ing to go on for a fur­ther time when it should have been put to bed years ago.”

Phillip Blatchly, his bar­ris­ter, told the Court of Ap­peal half of the money in the trust will go to his step­mother, known as “the dowa­ger count­ess”, and Mr Wode­house may only get £20,000, if any­thing at all.

The trust is “wholly dis­cre­tionary”, said Mr Blatchly, mean­ing the trustees can, with the count­ess’s per­mis­sion, ex­clude Mr Wode­house from it at any time. “He has no ab­so­lute en­ti­tle­ment to any cap­i­tal from the trust, ei­ther on the death of the dowa­ger count­ess or ear­lier,” he said. “He is one of 15 po­ten­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries in a trust that is en­tirely dis­cre­tionary.”

A full ap­peal will be heard on a date to be set.

Henry Wyn­d­ham Wode­house must pay his es­tranged wife £90,000, but in­sists he has only ‘mod­est means’

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