Adam Woodyatt of EastEnders fame has just entered the celebrity Castle after a year’s hiatus from his soap day job and the rumours are circulating that his fee for three weeks of freezing temperatures, hunger and boredom is a handsome one. Meanwhile, his estranged wife of 22 years is reported to have been shopping for discounts on the supermarket shelves and the press are suggesting that the financial support from Mr Woodyatt is not what it should be.

So, what is Mr Woodyatt obligated to pay in post separation capital and earnings?  The Courts now distinguish between pre marriage/ post separation capital accrual and what a couple accrued during the course of the marriage. Mr Woodyatt will undoubtedly be advised to argue that any capital accrued since separation should be treated differently to growth during the course of the marriage. 

However there is one caveat to this approach and that is post separation capital that is required to meet needs, the most important need being to have a home. It is reported that Mrs Woodyatt still lives in the family home and Mr Woodyatt has treated himself to a luxury mobile home which he has been living in over the last year as he has toured the country performing with his band. It is not known whether divorce proceedings have commenced. A crowning of I’m A Celebrity could see Mr Woodyatt’s income and savings go through the castle roof which could mark Mr Woodyatt heading down the divorce route sooner rather than later!!

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