Boris Johnson has reached a financial agreement with his estranged wife Marina, almost two years after they announced their separation. A private hearing took place in the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday, overseen by Judge Sarah Gibbons. Neither the British Prime Minister nor his former spouse were in attendance. The hearing lasted just ten minutes and was listed as Wheeler v Johnson on public court lists. The case number showed that the couple had been involved in a dispute relating to money or assets. Judge Gibbons approved a written consent order, and also gave Marina the go-ahead to apply for a Divorce Absolute to bring the pair's union to an official end.
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Boris and Marina, both 55, announced the end of their 25-year marriage in September 2018, releasing a joint statement that confirmed they had decided several months ago that "it was in our best interests to separate". "We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is underway," it read. "As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further."
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Marina was Boris's second wife. He met Allegra Mostyn-Owen while they were students at Oxford, and they tied the knot in 1987, but their marriage was subsequently annulled in 1993. A short time later, he married Marina - a human rights lawyer who became a Queen's Counsel in 2016, and the daughter of journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler and his wife, Dip Singh. Together they have four children: two daughters and two sons. Boris and Marina certainly had their up and downs. In 2004, the politician confessed to having a four-year affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt, and in 2010 it was revealed that he had fathered a daughter Stephanie with Helen MacIntyre, an arts consultant.
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