Judges deny wife’s appeal for half of husband’s fortune

The Court of Appeal has rejected a wife’s bid to secure half of her millionaire husband’s wealth, it has been revealed.

Former air hostess Karen Hart divorced millionaire property developer John Hart earlier this year after a 20-year marriage.

She was awarded a £3.5 million divorce settlement, but argued that she was entitled to half of her husband’s £10 million fortune.

But the three appeal judges ruled against her, reasoning that Mr Hart was a millionaire long before the couple met.

The court heard how Mr Hart, now in his 80s, had been “a man of substance” before they moved in together, while Ms Hart had “no assets save for a Porsche” when they met.

The couple, who have two children together, lived in a £1.1 million gated mansion, which boasted a gym, home cinema room, and a separate guest annexe.

The pair also enjoyed a “life of luxury”, with holiday homes in Miami and Spain.

When Ms Hart was awarded the £3.5 million settlement last year, her lawyer described it as an “unfair and discriminatory result”.

“It is discriminatory to the wife to limit her to her reasonable needs and to say ‘we are giving the husband everything else,” he said.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010.