Divorced Australian pays twice for his 87 600 beers

2012-01-07 07:33

A hard-living husband cannot split his enormous beer, drugs and gambling bill with his ex-wife in their divorce settlement, an Australian court said in a ruling made available today.

Federal Magistrate Philip Burchardt awarded the wife 70% of the couple’s assets after totting up the cost of up to 87 600 bottles of beer over a 20-year marriage.

Burchardt said that normally assets would be split 50-50 but “it is in my opinion appropriate that there be a 20% loading in the wife’s favour.”

This was because the husband had “dissipated very substantial amounts of money” on alcohol, marijuana and gambling and so had significantly drained the pool of assets to be divided up.

Burchardt rejected the husband’s claim that the beers were bought for him.

“I accept the evidence of the wife that the husband was given beers at Christmas but not otherwise,” Burchardt said.

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