A woman who’s been locked into a 16-year divorce with a millionaire pilot has urged senior judges to end the legal fight once and for all.
Viki Maughan and Richard Wilmot separated in 2001, but an ongoing dispute over their child’s maintenance payments has resulted in Britain’s longest ever divorce battle.
Mr Wilmot, 62, denies the 18-year-old child is his and says she was fathered by another man, despite a DNA test naming him as the biological father.
The former British Airways captain said he is “absolutely convinced” he is not the father and alleged that his ex-wife fabricated evidence to try to extract maintenance payments from him.
At the pair’s most recent bout, the Court of Appeal heard how Mr Wilmot is refusing to comply with a financial settlement reached with Ms Maughan in 2001. Mr Wilmot is also accused of “playing technical games” to avoid court orders.
“A significant air of reality needs to descend in this case”, Ms Maughan’s barrister said.
He added that Ms Maughan has a “sincere wish that this court should dispose of this matter with as many restraining directions as possible, so it may never be resurrected again”.
Mr Wilmot argued that he has paid £390,000 in maintenance and does not owe any more money. He said the divorce settlement was “obtained by fraud on part of Ms Maughan” and should be blocked by the court.
His barrister said court documents sent to his house were turned away because he wanted to protect his wife “from the wreckage of the past”.
The judges have reserved their decision until a later date.