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What rights do first wives have?

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A former top barrister, David Vaughan, has been ordered to pay a lump sum to his first wife 15 years after the original divorce in 1985.

Philippa Vaughan went to the Court of Appeal to reverse a ruling by a High Court judge who refused her application for a lump sum payment after her £27,175-a-year maintenance was discharged last year.

Toby Hales, Mrs Vaughan's solicitor outlines the case, and Nigel Shepherd, spokesman for Resolution, examines what precedence the case sets for future divorce cases.

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