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11 August 2017  

Priya Palanivel and Shantel Burbridge examine the Court of Appeal’s decision in Sharp v Sharp, and the potential impact on the approach to short marriages

The duration of marriage has always been one of the more controversial factors under s25, Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) when it comes to determining how assets should be divided on divorce. Many would agree that fairness dictates there should be a distinction between how assets are divided in short, medium and long-term marriages. As such, it is not surprising that the decision in Sharp v Sharp [2017] has been widely reported in the media. This article considers the approach that has historically been taken by the courts in relation to the division of assets in short marriages, and the outcome in Sharp.

Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Charman v Charman [2007] EWCA Civ 503

    Foster v Foster [2003] EWCA Civ 565

    Krystman v Krystman [1973] 1 WLR 927

    Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] UKHL 24

    Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408

    White v White [2000] UKHL 54

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