Not necessarily. In the case of White and White, which was a landmark decision in 2000 in the House of Lords, the parties had been married for over 30 years. Both came from farming backgrounds. A year before the marriage broke down Mr White acquired a farm by way of inheritance. Their combined wealth at the time of the High Court hearing was £4.5m. Briefly, the court felt that the wife’s needs were met and the existence of the inherited property was a good factor to justify departure from equality, even in the case of a long marriage and in their case a business partnership. As a result the wife was awarded less than half.