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7 October 2013

Clash between wife and mother-in-law behind £10m divorce battle

The ‘strong mutual antipathy’ between Dr Anushika Sharma, 36, and her husband's mother, lies ‘at the heart’ of a fight over a burgeoning dentristy empire spread across London and the home counties,  judges heard recently, reports TheTelegraph.

Dr Sharma and her husband Sunny, 45, the scion of a "substantial" business dynasty, divorced in October last year after raising two children and establishing a highly lucrative niche dentistry business.

She claims their marital assets were worth up to £10 million.

The ensuing fight over ownership of five practices has resulted in an atmosphere of ‘unremitting hostility’ between Dr Sharma, her ex-husband and his family, especially his mother, Kesh, London's Appeal Court was told.

Of 12 highly successful dental practices set up over the years, Dr Sharma claims she owns seven and family judge, Mr Justice Simon, last year ruled in her favour on the issue.

She said she had started her own ‘parallel’ company, alongside the Sharma family business, to escape ‘interference’ in her commercial affairs by her ‘dominant and highly controlling mother-in-law’.

Now Mr Sharma, his mother, and his brother Rajesh are asking Appeal Court judges, Lord Justice Jackson, Lord Justice McCombe, and Lord Justice Floyd, to hand back to them five of the bitterly fought-over surgeries.

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