Sunday 23 April 2017

Giggs's wife wants 'swift' end to divorce fight

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs and his estranged wife Stacey. Photo: PA
Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs and his estranged wife Stacey. Photo: PA

Brian Farmer

The estranged wife of former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs says she wants their divorce court fight over money to end as "swiftly and amicably as possible".

Stacey Giggs said she was "disappointed" to have needed the "assistance" of a judge. Her lawyer James Brown told a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London that she wanted to avoid "upset and distress to her family".

"Mrs Giggs's primary focus is wanting to bring this sensitive and difficult process to a close as swiftly and amicably as possible and enable her family to move on with their lives," said Mr Brown.

"She is disappointed that she has needed the assistance of the court in an attempt to do so but hopes that outstanding matters can be concluded soon."

Mr Justice Cobb is likely to be asked to decide how big a share of the marital asset kitty Mrs Giggs should get if agreement is not reached.

He said a trial was unlikely to take place for some time.

Ryan Giggs was not in court. Lawyers indicated that he was abroad.

Mr Justice Cobb said he had agreed that the star need not attend.

News that the pair were embroiled in a dispute emerged earlier this year.

In February, Mr Justice Cobb forbade reporting of financial information aired during the litigation.

The judge also said the pair's children should not be named in any report of proceedings.

He said journalists could report that the pair were involved in a dispute and name them.

Irish Independent

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