Record Canadian divorce settlement awarded

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TORONTO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Canadian judge awarded a 61-year-old Toronto woman a national record $110,000 per month divorce settlement after her 33-year-old marriage collapsed.

Carol Ann and Claude Elgner separated in 2007 and she has since received $6.2 million in cash and investments, the court was told.


Claude Elgner, 62, owns an investment firm and a company that supplies plastic fixtures for car interiors and earns as much as $4 million per year, the Globe and Mail reported.

In awarding the settlement, Justice Susan Greer of the Ontario Superior Court noted for the duration of the marriage, the woman stayed at home to raise three children who are now adults and oversee maintenance of the couple's multi-million dollar homes and timeshares across Canada and in Florida.

"The wife should not have to eradicate her savings to pay for her living expenses," the judge said. "She sacrificed a career to be a stay-at-home wife and mother for all those years."

In a financial statement, Elgner said her monthly expenses last year were $115,439, the report said.

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