Family Law Specialist Comments On Divorce Ruling Divorce appeal rejected 29.05.2007 Martin Loxley, family law specialist and Partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, comments on the decision today by appeal judges to reject John Charmans appeal to reduce his ex-wifes £48 million divorce settlement: The decision by appeal judges today, in the UKs biggest ever divorce payout , which saw Mrs Charman keep her £48 million settlement, will certain raise eyebrows amongst the elite and wealthy in the UK. This appeal decision ds not change the law, it ds however reinforce the principle that in long marriages, such as this, there must be a very good reason to detract from equal measure. In Mr Charman losing his appeal, the courts are saying in cases of lengthy marriages it would be wrong to discriminate between the money earner and the home maker. Indeed, the courts no longer consider in a divorce what the wifes needs are, but instead what she is entitled to. If the wife receives more than she can ever spend, like in this instance of £48 million, then this is her return for being married to a successful husband. As a result of this decision we are likely to see a significant increase in the demand for pre-nuptial agreements especially amongst the UKs wealthiest. Even though they are not yet legally binding in the UK, they are still a very useful tool for outlining who entered the marriage with what, and so in turn who should leave with what should there be a divorce. Can we help you with any related issues? If so, please visit our Family Law section or get in touch using the enquiry box above or calling 0370 1500 100. Related articles 09.12.2016Parents Urged To Put Kids First As Many Face Christmas Separated For First Time 05.12.2016Latest Divorce Statistics Show Average Age For Separating Couples Is Rising 01.11.2016New Family and Divorce Partner For Irwin Mitchell Southampton 14.10.2016Landmark Victory For Civil Partner In Court of Appeal After Partner Was Dishonest About Her Wealth 07.09.2016Could Brexit Lead To Rise In Child Relocation Court Battles?