Yan Assoun recently appealed an Order from the Court in respect of his divorce proceedings, claiming that "What is in the past is almost irrelevant." His claim was that the level of income he received throughout his marriage was not indicative of his current level of income and he could therefore not afford to pay his wife the ordered level of maintenance.
What Mr Assoun failed to realise is that the Court are aware of these types of claims (and they happen more often than you would think). The Family Court will have regard to a multitude of factors when assessing what Order is fair and reasonable, including the level of income or lifestyle enjoyed throughout the marriage.
"Speculation that a turnover of $8 million would automatically translate to a large income for myself, because I own 50 per cent of the company, is just wrong ... I am currently acting in person because my recent income has dropped considerably. I can no longer afford a solicitor. What is in the past is almost irrelevant.”