Estranged wife wins appeal against her £4.4m divorce settlement

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the £4.4million divorce settlement awarded to Jennifer Grubb on the basis that there was no error in the original court judgment.

Mrs Grubb was accused of having contributed nothing to the £12million family fortune before she separated from her wealthy husband in July 2009, though that argument ignores the House of Lords ruling in White v White that no discrimination should be made between the 'breadwinner' and the 'homemaker'. As such, Mrs Grubb's contribution in raising five children is deemed an equal contribution to the material earnings or inherited wealth of her former husband, Anthony Arbuthnot Watkins Grubb.

The High Court found that neither party contributed to their amassed wealth at the time of their separation, though Mr Grubb said that the fact that their money came about as a result of his family's wealth meant that his former-wife had no entitlement.

The Court of Appeal upheld the original decision and as such Jennifer Grubb will retain the £2million country home, the £1.65million lump sum as well as costs towards the care of their children.

If you live in Northern Ireland and require legal advice in respect of a divorce settlement, child contact, or any other matter emanating from a separation, contact one of the divorce solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast or Bangor by email at family@wilson-nesbitt.com .