The Court of Appeal has just allowed a wife to change an order after it was made due to an unexpected inheritance by the husband a month after the order was sealed.

Essentially under the order the husband was due to get a lump sum payment from the wife when their children left home, but that payment has been cancelled by the court because he now has inheritance that means he does not need the money to rehouse whereas the court feels that the wife does need the money.

It is very unusual for someone to be able to change an order in this way, and on a moral level the outcome doesn't sound particularly fair. We will have to see whether the husband appeals this order, particularly if the issue is picked up by the press.