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Young v Young

Heather Viljoen discusses the outcome of the much-publicised and highly criticised assets-splitting case

3 February 2014

Michelle and Scot Young's divorce reached its seven-year court crescendo in November, with Scot being ordered to pay his ex-wife £20m and Michelle reportedly outraged by the "disgraceful" sum remaining adamant that her former husband was worth billions.

The couple started living together in 1989, married in 1995, had two children and separated in 2006. The court considered this a marriage of significant length.

Six and a half years after Michelle commenced divorce proceedings and made a financial application (in June 2007), the case went to trial involving 65 hearings. It concluded with a 20-day final hearing. Forensic accountants considered 127,721 documents from electronic media and a further 39,239 pages of hard-copy documents.

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