JL v SL was a case before Mr Justice Mostyn which focused on how the court was to treat inherited wealth in the context of divorce. In the case, the wife had received total inheritance from her mother of £465,000. A portion of this had been paid to the husband for cash-flow reasons and security should the wife pass away.
Mr Justice Mostyn reviewed the relevant authorities and set down new guidelines for how inherited assets should be treated in divorce cases. He held that:
“inherited wealth should be treated differently from the matrimonial property depending on:
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