The family court has confirmed that Liam Gallagher of Oasis and Beady Eye is involved in proceedings with his ex-wife Nicole Appleton concerning finances arising from their divorce.
Liam first got together with Nicole in 2000. After having a child together, they then married in London in 2008. The first Oasis single he ever wrote was about his love for Nicole. She featured in the ‘Songbird’ video and the single was a hit reaching number three in the charts.
Like Liam, Nicole is also a famous singer. She found fame and success in the Nineties with girl group All Saints. Before marrying the rock star, she dated boy band star Robbie Williams with whom she was engaged to for a while.
The relationship between Nicole and Liam broke down when it was revealed that Liam was expecting a baby with someone else. Shockingly, this is not the first time the Brit pop bad boy has done this. Liam’s first marriage to Patsy Kensit did not last long, as he had a child with another woman.
It was understood that the Gallagher-Appleton divorce was finalised in April 2004, so why have they gone to court? Family court Judge Martin O’Dwyer has said that the dispute is over money, but that is all that can be revealed to the media right now.
It would seem that they have either yet to come to a financial settlement over the divorce or one of them is seeking to vary the terms of the original financial agreement.
A financial settlement on divorce sets out how assets, such as pensions, property and savings, are to be split on divorce. It can also contain provision for one person to pay on-going money to the other which is known as maintenance.
Maintenance can be either for the benefit of the receiving person, the children or both. The amount of maintenance that should be paid, and for how long, can often be a contentious issue.
It is always open to both people in a divorce to seek to vary the maintenance element of a financial settlement. It could be that either Liam or Nicole are no longer happy with this part of their agreement and want to alter the terms.
It may be that when Liam and Nicole went through the process of bringing an end to their marriage in 2004 they did not resolve financial matters. It is almost always advisable to reach a financial settlement when you divorce and to have a court order setting out the terms, rather than leave these issues unresolved.
If couples cannot agree on how to divide their assets a Family Solicitor can advise on the different processes available to help them to resolve matters with the least potential for conflict. This might include mediation or perhaps collaborative law will be open to them. When an agreement can’t be reached ultimately the court can be asked to decide on a fair outcome.
If you need to reach a financial agreement after your divorce or civil partnership breakdown we can advise you on the different options that are open to you. Slater and Gordon Lawyers have the biggest team of Family Lawyers in England and Wales. Call our Divorce Solicitors for a consultation on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online.