A mother of five embroiled in divorce proceedings with her husband got far less than she bargained for after claiming she couldn’t make ends meet since he left.

According to a Pretoria News report, the woman claimed she had a R60 000 a month shortfall, and her grocery bill alone was R20 000 monthly.

The woman told the Limpopo High Court that she and her husband had lived a life of luxury in a five-bedroom house before he left.

Now she had to ‘jiggle around’ to make ends meet.

As a result of his failure to contribute to the upbringing of their children, her monthly expenditure rocketed to R83 280, she said.

Her take-home salary was R23 000, and that left her with a monthly shortfall R60 280.

She asked the court to order her husband to contribute at least R51 530 a month towards her and the minor children, pending the finalisation of the divorce.

The husband denied that they were living a luxurious lifestyle. He said it was modest. His wife’s claims were ‘a cocktail of half-truths, gross exaggerations, falsehoods and outright lies, aimed at misleading the court to punish him just to vent her anger and hatred on him’.

The judge said the wife’s monthly expenses seemed exaggerated.

‘The monthly grocery of R20 000 – almost equal to the applicant’s net salary – in my view is not realistic.’

Seeing that the husband was paying for everything, he ordered the man pay R1 000 a month for each child to cover unforeseen last-minute expenses such as a school trips.

Full Pretoria News report