In the settlement of a recent high value divorce (Cooper Hohn v Hohn), the court has reflected the husband's work in building up wealth during the parties' marriage and after their separation, by awarding the wife 36% of their overall assets, rather than the half share she was seeking.

This makes sense given that the judge found that the financial returns that the couple had received were only achieved as a result of the husband's ability to identify a new investment opportunity and make it work.

Also, it still meant that the wife still received $530m, where their combined assets were $1.5bn in total, so it is safe to say she will not be struggling financially as a result!

It is important that issues, such as special contribution by one person during a marriage, are raised early and firmly when considering financial settlements on separation, which we specialise in doing.