Exwife of pilot pleads with judges to end 16year legal fight

first_imgRichard Wilmot outside London’s Appeal CourtCredit:Richard Gittins / Champion News Richard Wilmot outside London's Appeal Court Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The ex-wife of a pilot locked in Britain’s longest divorce battle has pleaded with senior judges to end the “ghastly” 16-year legal fight.Viki Maughan, 50, and her former partner, Richard Wilmot, 62, have been at loggerheads over money since they split in 2001.Mr Wilmot, who has been married previously, has been warned by his lawyers that the case could bankrupt him.He claims Ms Maughan, his third wife,  is a “liar” and that a child she claims is his was, in fact, fathered by a lover she was secretly seeing before they divorced.Mr Wilmot, an ex-British Airways captain, is “absolutely convinced” he is not the father and has accused his ex-wife of fabricating evidence to try to extract maintenance payments from him.center_img Ms Maughan has argued that he needs to “accept reality”.At the Court of Appeal, she asked judges to order Mr Wilmot to honour their 2001 divorce settlement.Her barrister, Jonathan Swift, told the court: “A significant air of reality needs to descend in this case.”He said his client 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 was officially declared the father of Ms Maughan’s teenage daughter in 2000 and has paid out a total of almost £400,000 in maintenance to his former family.But he is now refusing to comply with a financial settlement reached with his ex 16 years ago and denies he is liable for almost two decades worth of maintenance for the teenager, as he is ‘absolutely convinced’ she is not his.He has asked the Appeal Court to block Ms Maughan’s claims for more money under the 2001 settlement.As well as not paying maintenance, he has also been accused by Ms Vaughan of being “evasive” and trying to dodge court papers.  But he denies ‘playing technical games’ to avoid his responsibilities for the girl, and insists he has simply been trying to protect his new wife, ‘from the wreckage of the past.’Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Sales and Lord Justice Moylan have reserved their decision until a later date.last_img read more