A London court has awarded a woman almost half of the £1 billion fortune that she and her husband amassed during the course of their marriage through his work an oil and gas trader.
The judgment reaffirms the principle in UK family law that 'home-making' is just as important to the welfare of a family as 'bread-winning', and that the financially weaker spouse should not be punished for focusing on childcare and other non-financial contributions rather than on maximising their earnings. This applies to the super-rich, as in this case, and to the rest of us!
Most other countries take a very different approach, and some have urged reform to bring UK law closer to international norms. For others, the law valuing financial contributions above all others when a relationship breaks down would be a step in the wrong direction.
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