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Sir Paul in divorce court hearing
Sir Paul and Heather Mills arriving at court
Sir Paul and Heather Mills arriving at court

Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney have appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce.

The hearing in the Family Division, which is taking place in private, is expected to last five days.

The couple, who have a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.

Neither made any statement to reporters as they left, with Sir Paul saying "no comment" to questions.

'Vast disparity'

The former Beatle has a fortune estimated at 825m. There has been speculation among divorce experts, based on recent cases, that the settlement could reach 60m.

The record currently rests with the 48m which businessman John Charman was told by the courts to pay his former wife in May last year.

Sir Paul McCartney arriving at court
Sir Paul entered the court through a side entrance
Suzanne Kingston, a family law expert, said: "Current estimates suggest that Heather is likely to receive anything from 50m to 100 million as her final settlement.

"In Heather and Sir Paul's negotiations, making sure that their child Beatrice is properly provided for will be a key consideration, as will ensuring that there is not a vast disparity between Heather's lifestyle and Paul's as viewed by Beatrice.

"The fact that this has been a short marriage will be taken into account and this could involve looking at the wealth that has been generated during the course of the marriage as distinct from pre-marital wealth."

The hearing is taking place behind closed doors, and the courtroom's windows have been blacked out. Any financial settlement will not be made public.

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