Divorcing couples whose marriage was short and involved no children may be able to depart from the long-standing principle of sharing matrimonial assets equally, following a Court of Appeal ruling.

‘An automatic or blind application of a 50/50 split in every case can only be an impermissible judicial gloss on the statute [Matrimonial Causes Act 1973], which expressly requires the court to consider all the circumstances of the case,’ said McFarlane LJ in Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408.

Energy trader Mrs Sharp, who h...

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