It is Britain's biggest ever divorce award. A city banker has been ordered to pay £453 million to his estranged wife. The wife had spent 20 plus years at home, bringing up the couple’s children. She argued that she was due nearly a half-share of the couple’s £1 billion fortune because of her 'equal contributions to the welfare of the family'. There should no discrimination - staying at home and raising the children is as important as working 12 hours a day on the trading floor. Modern marriage is a partnership of equals where both parties often go out to work, juggling the demands of childcare and home. The £453 million divorce shows that the courts recognise the importance of avoiding discrimination against the financially weaker party – only in truly exceptional circumstances will a ‘special contribution’ argument be successful.