Battle royal over Margarita's alimony
21 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn will soon demand via the courts that estranged wife Princess Margarita pay him EUR 5,000 in alimony.
21 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn will soon demand via the courts that estranged wife Princess Margarita pay him EUR 5,000 in alimony.
The princess withdrew her request for divorce earlier this month, ending her obligations to pay De Roy van Zuydewijn alimony, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Saturday.
Amsterdam Court had earlier ruled that Margarita should pay him EUR 5,000 per month. The amount was based on the lifestyle of the couple and the financial status of Princess Margarita.
The lawyer representing Margarita informed Dutch media earlier this month that she still wanted to divorce her estranged husband, despite the withdrawal of her request. The divorce was reportedly only postponed.
But De Roy van Zuydewijn's lawyer, Pim de Vos, said Margarita was thwarting his client's right to due legal process, and he asserted that the legal battle was not yet over.
He said legal preparations were now being prepared to force Margarita to pay alimony, claiming that her "unsportsmanlike" attempt to escape payment could be easily challenged.
The royal couple first made headlines in 2003 when they claimed that the royal family had spied on them in a bitter family dispute. But Margarita apologised for her indiscretions in August 2004.
She later abandoned a damages claim lodged against the Dutch State and the royal family and applied for a divorce. De Roy van Zuydewijn is proceeding with the legal action.
More recently, he lost a legal battle with Margarita in a bid to gain access rights to their dog, Paco.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news