According to reports, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s forthcoming split from his third wife, Dasha Zhukova, could be one of the biggest divorce cases ever in London. The public and press often perceives that, in most cases, there is a 50/50 split following divorce. That is of course nonsense; there is not.

For starters, most cases are decided by needs, not by equal division. Most divorcing families need a roof over the heads of their children, and income to pay the daily, weekly, and monthly bills. Their needs are the beginning and end of the case.

In a tiny minority of cases, the wealth in a...

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