• Fabregas Girlfriend and Ex Husband Wrangle

    According to various press reports, Cesc Fabregas, his girlfriend (Daniella Semaan) and her ex-husband are in a tussle over a £7m flat.

    It appears that her ex-husband, Elie Taktouk, has taken exception to a company controlled by Fabregas making a bid to purchase the £7m flat that a judge has ordered be sold so that Ms Semaan can be given a £1.4m fund to rehouse herself. It is reported that Mr Taktouk is alleging that Ms Semaan underestimated the extent to which Fabregas would be financially supporting her. Ms Semaan apparently told the court that his support would be in relation to his child, and long term support for Ms Semaan could not be guaranteed. If Mr Taktouk can prove that Ms Semaan is living with Fabregas and being maintained by him, then he may be able to reduce the amount of spousal maintenance that he has to pay. However, as an unmarried couple, Ms Semaan has no entitlement to maintenance from Fabregas, save for maintenance in respect of their child.

    Spousal maintenance is quite common when there is a large disparity in a couple’s income. However, there’s not always enough money to maintain the kind of lifestyle you had when you were a couple and you have to cut your cloth accordingly. If you are tempted to enter a new relationship then you may want to avoid living with them as it could have a detrimental effect on your financial settlement.

    This is a lesson for anyone going through a divorce who is in a relationship with someone else. No one expects you to be single for the rest of your life, but if you are in a relationship with someone either during divorce proceedings or in the months following a divorce, then you risk your financial settlement being affected. The effect is twofold: firstly if you are living with someone, then you have someone else to help with the bills (it’s often cheaper for two to live than it is for one), this therefore frees up more of your income to pay your ex-spouse maintenance. Secondly, if you are looking to buy a property with your new partner, then you will invariably be able to get a larger mortgage than if you were buying on your own, so the amount of capital you need as a deposit is likely to be lower.

    Finally, if you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a wealthy partner after marriage, it may be sensible to keep your financial affairs separate until the dust has well and truly settled on your divorce.

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