Man who adopted ‘no romance without finance’ policy with lover told by judge to give her share of his home – Telegraph.co.uk
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He argued she had lived at his home as not much more than a rent-paying “lodger” and that it had been “made clear” to her that the house was his alone, representing his pension pot.
But now, after losing the legal fight, he has been ordered to sell his home and left tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Judge Neil Cameron, sitting at Leeds County Court, heard that Mr Burton was still married to another woman when he began what was to be an 18-year romantic relationship with Miss Liden while on business in Scandinavia in 1995.
After co-habiting in Sweden for six years, the couple moved back to England and, after divorcing his wife, Mr Burton moved Miss Liden into his £435,000 former matrimonial home in Notton.
Miss Liden told the judge: “Michael was unable to afford the outgoings on the house and in particular he struggled with the mortgage payments.
“He made it plain to me that we could only live at the house if I made a financial contribution. He told me it would be too expensive for him otherwise. I agreed to this.
“I made this contribution because Michael told me on numerous occasions that we would be together for the future, that this would be our home, and he would look after me forever.
“He told me, you have to contribute wherever we live, so why not pay for my house? He also told me I would be a beneficiary of his will.
“I would not have made these payments to him if I believed that he would have treated me this way and would not have made provision for me in the future.”
Man who adopted ‘no romance without finance’ policy with lover told by judge to give her share of his home – Telegraph.co.uk}