House husband Rupert Nightingale, who was supported by his millionaire wife, is fighting a divorce ruling which awards him £50,000-a-year maintenance - but only if he gets a full time job.
Mr Nightingale from Wimbledon is also unhappy he's been told to leave the £1 million marital home the couple shared.
He argues he earned little as a fine art photographer and dedicated his time to raising the couple’s daughter. His now ex-wife, Kirsten Turner, earned £420,000 as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was the breadwinner during the couples seven-year marriage.
He was awarded a £300,000 payout when the couple divorced and maintenance of around £50,000 a year. However, this payment is to be partially funded by the sale of the £1 million house he still lives in, something Mr Nightingale objects to.
He was ordered to give up his artistic work and seek full time employment. He has been unemployed for 11 years but based on his previous earnings, it’s thought he could earn £36,000. This wage was taken into account when his maintenance was granted - but Mr Nightingale says the figure is unfair as he have been out of work so long and his employment prospects are significantly lowered. He is asking for maintenance somewhere in the region of £85,000.
He said: “The judgement isn’t workable and that’s why the appeal has been granted on all grounds.
“It’s been a long fight not of my own making. It’s been absolutely horrid. No one wants to go the court of appeal but that has been necessary to seek a fair outcome.”
His ex-wife, Kirsten Turner, declined to comment, saying it is a family matter and private.
Family law solicitor Emma Nash joined Headline London to discuss the case.