Couples who divorce after only a brief marriage can no longer expect to have their assets split equally by default following an appeal court ruling.
Energy trader Julie Sharp successfully challenged a ruling that her former husband was entitled to half of the fortune she built up during their four year marriage.
She argued that “because this was a short marriage he should not get half of the matrimonial pot”.
The Court of Appeal ruled in her favour, concluding that the £2.725 million payout previously awarded to Robin Sharp, an IT consultant, should be reduced to £2 million.
Lord Justice McFarlane, one of three judges sitting on the Court of Appeal panel, said there was “no impediment” to depart from that principle [of equal division] concluding that in a short, dual career marriage in which the couple had kept their finances separate, it was indeed “justified”.
Divorce law changes
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