Period of Reflection for Tessa Jowell
Section 25 of the The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended by New Labour) sets out the basic guidelines which the English courts apply in deciding ancillary relief claims
(2) As regards the exercise of the powers of the court under section 23 (1) (a), (b) or (c), 24 or 24A above in relation to a party to the marriage, the court shall in particular have regard to the following matters:
(a) the income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, including in the case of earning capacity any increase in that capacity which it would in the opinion of the court be reasonable to expect a party to the marriage to take steps to acquire;
(h) in the case of proceedings for divorce or nullity of marriage, the value of each of the parties to the marriage of any benefit which, by reason of the dissolution or annulment of the marriage, that party will lose the chance of acquiring.
You want your share Tessa? then you have to have known about it first. Not so much a Mill's Bomb, but the terms Petard and Hoisted come to mind.