Millions involved in antenuptial contract dispute
A house worth at least R13m, R1.5m for furniture, R80 000 a month maintenance for their two children and R50 000 a month for herself for the next five years.
The Star reports these are some of the demands made by an actress in the divorce proceedings against her DJ husband, whom Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) Judge PA Meyer referred to in the judgment as M v M.
The wife instituted divorce proceedings in 2019 and while the estranged couple do agree that their marriage has broken down, they cannot agree on the financial aspect of the split.
Apart from her other demands, the wife also wants the husband to pay her medical, dental, hospital surgical, ophthalmic, orthodontic and prescribed pharmaceutical expenses, for a period of five years from the date of the divorce.
While the husband accepted liability towards maintaining the children and some other expenses, he is objecting to the amount she is claiming for the children as well as the maintenance she is demanding on behalf of herself for the next five years.
Before entering into a civil marriage, the parties concluded an antenuptial contract in which they agreed that upon dissolution of the marriage, the husband would pay to the wife an agreed amount of R4m in complete discharge of all his patrimonial obligations to the respondent, including spousal maintenance.
According to The Star, the wife – who is disputing the legality of the antenuptial – told the court she wanted to appoint a forensic auditor to undertake a forensic investigation of the respondent’s offshore and local assets.
She also wanted a comprehensive investigation to determine the value of the ‘joint estate’ that, according to her, still exists between the parties and in which she is entitled to share.
Meyer said the issues could not be determined at this stage, as the wife must first be given the opportunity to investigate her husband’s financial affairs through a forensic accountant.
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