In many divorces, settlements are clearly preferable to long, drawn-out, and stressful litigated divorces. This might seem obvious, but where do we draw the line? To what extent are spouses willing to completely throw away much greater gains in favor of convenience alone? Sometimes, this decision is based on logic alone. In other cases, it is an emotionally-driven choice. Ultimately, each situation is slightly different, and priorities change from one spouse to another. But one recent story shows us that some spouses are willing to settle even after facing serious marital misconduct.
Woman Hands Ex-Husband 50,000 Pounds Despite Allegations of Serious Misconduct
On November 14, 2022, it was reported that a woman in her 40s had decided to hand over a 50,000-pound settlement to her former husband to avoid a drawn-out divorce trial. That alone is nothing too surprising – except perhaps because it was the wife handing over the settlement and not the other way around. But the most surprising aspect of this story is the circumstances in which the marriage ended. According to the wife, the husband raped her during the relationship. As of this writing, he is under arrest under suspicion of the crime.
At first glance, it would seem unthinkable for a rape victim to hand over such a large sum of money to her abuser. But according to the wife, she simply wants to get the legal process over with and move on with her life. While she complained about the legal system’s notable delays in the UK, she also seemed resolved to walk away from the situation instead of putting herself through a stressful, expensive trial. Not only would this cause potential psychological trauma for her, but it may also prove financially ruinous.
It is worth noting that as of this writing, the husband has not actually been convicted of any crime and is innocent until proven guilty. In addition, the matter is complicated by the fact that the wife allegedly cannot remember the details of the alleged sexual abuse. Still, this shows that this kind of situation can indeed arise.
Princess Haya Spends Part of Her 1.4-Billion-Pound Divorce Settlement
50,000 pounds might sound like a lot of money, but it is nothing compared to the settlement received by Princess Haya. The ex-wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum walked away with 1.4 billion pounds, which became the highest divorce settlement in British history. In this situation, the judge made it clear that the settlement was related to the Sheikh’s net worth and the fact that the wife allegedly needed protection from harm in the future. Princess Haya stated that she had received threats of serious harm, so the billionaire divorcee was given enough money to pay for security and things of that nature for herself and her children.
She then went off to purchase an entire hotel in Wales, which she plans to turn into her own home. She also walked away from the marriage with mansions across the United Kingdom, expensive jewelry, racehorses, and much more.