Julie Sharp's ex-husband was originally awarded GBP2.725 million, half of the total matrimonial assets, on the equal sharing principle, but the England and Wales Court of Appeal reduced it to GBP2 million (Sharp v Sharp, 2017 EWCA Civ 408).

The judgment undermines the judicially established principle that capital built up during the course of a marriage should be shared equally, regardless of the marriage's duration.

Sources: Family Law Week, BAILII, Boodle Hatfield, Stowe Family Law, Law Gazette, Solicitors Journal, Daily Telegraph

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