Real Housewives of Cheshire star in divorce payout court battle

Mail Online | 5/8/2019 | Ed Riley For Mailonline
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A reality television star and her property millionaire ex-husband are fighting over a £3million divorce payout he says was 'discriminatory' against him.

Lauren Simon, 46, who appeared on the Real Housewives of Cheshire, was handed the lump sum last year, after the end of her 13-year marriage to businessman Paul Simon, 49.

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But Mr Simon, who lived with his now ex wife in a lavish £1.8million home in Bowden, Cheshire, claims the divorce order has effectively left him with no ready cash of his own.

He says the payout amounts to £1million more than the £2million the couple had between them in liquid assets.

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He is asking top judges at the Court of Appeal to rule the payout was 'inherently discriminatory' in favour of his wife as 'homemaker' and against him as the main 'breadwinner' in the family.

But Mrs Simon, who claims their joint fortune was worth over £9million, is insisting the £3million her ex had to pay her was simply her fair share.

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The court heard the couple married in November 2003 and had two children before separating in January 2016.

Mrs Simon shot to fame in 2015 after she found a role on the ITVBe show Real Housewives of Cheshire, which features the glamorous lifestyles of Cheshire women. She left the show earlier this year.

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She earned £40,000-a-year, but also received perks and the chance to plug her brand of perfume, Lauren Stone Number One, which she launched at a lavish party in Hale Barns, the court heard.

Mr Simon lived partly on the back of a trust fund set up by his father, Harvey, and on earnings he made through his property development businesses.

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But during their divorce case at the Family Court in Manchester last year, he claimed that the 2008 financial crash had caused 'grave business difficulties' for him.

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