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16 NOV 2010

ANCILLARY RELIEF: Robson v Robson [2010] EWCA 1171

(Court of Appeal; Ward, Hughes and Patten LJJ; 27 October 2010)

The husband inherited a substantial sum of money after 21 years of marriage. The Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the approach that should be taken in such big money cases involving inherited wealth.

The criteria in Ladd v Marshall still prevail in terms of the admission of fresh evidence. The court reviewed and reduced the judge's award to the wife on the basis of her actual housing cost and that the standard of living which was extravagantly enjoyed at the expense of inherited wealth during the marriage would have to be reduced.

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