The overriding objective of the court will be to split assets in a fair way, and in a way that makes sure everyone’s needs are met (insofar as is possible).
This will sometimes require the Court to get creative. Perhaps it will need to order the sale of a property and direct that the proceeds be paid to someone (or a group of people).
Perhaps it might direct that someone can have the use of property, but not ownership of it (e.g. a wife and children living in a house until the children are adults), etc.
Article 26 of the Matrimonial Causes Order sets out the range of powers the court can put to use when deciding how to split assets.
It’s useful to bear in mind the extent of these powers, when you are considering what kind of financial settlement you aim to achieve during your ancillary relief proceedings.