Current Awareness has flagged up a link to a story in the Telegraph yesterday that might raise some eyebrows: "A divorcée has won the right to move abroad with her three children after judges ruled that the £610,000 she received in her divorce settlement from her wealthy husband would not be enough to buy an adequate home in London."
The mother wanted to take the children to her native Sweden, but the father objected, and the county court refused her permission to take them abroad. That order has now been overturned by the Court of Appeal, partly because the mother would be left with only about £600,000 to buy a home, and partly because not enough account had been taken of the children's wishes.
Six hundred thousand pounds not enough to buy a home? I hear you say. Well, the point is that the lifestyle that the family has enjoyed and can expect to enjoy is relevant. As Lord Justice Wilson stated in the Court of Appeal: "The father cannot accommodate the mother and the children adequately in London with a fund of only £610,000. To many that proposition will seem extraordinary. But adequacy is relative - both to the quality of accommodation which they have enjoyed and to that which they would enjoy in Sweden."
Still, having said that, I wouldn't mind six hundred grand to splash on a pad...