A recent ruling in the case of Grubb v Grubb  has seen a wife awarded a £4.4 million share of her ex-husband’s estate despite the fact she had not made any capital contributions to the parties assets.
The husband inherited his wealth on the death of his father and the court therefore ruled that the couples’ fortune was not the product of either of the parties’ endeavours. The £4.4 million, made up in property and maintenance, is equivalent to about a third of the wealth the husband inherited.
The ruling has led to complaints from some that the courts unfairly favour the wife in cases where the husband has a substantial level of wealth. In setting out his ruling the judge stated that the ex wife “has to have her needs met”. What these needs are is a matter for the courts to decide.