Without making comment on amounts awarded (I don't know enough about either case) I don't think anyone has mentioned that Melissa Miller had a miscarriage before her husband left her for another woman. Probably quite distressing to then find your fellow bonking someone else. http://news.ft.com/cms/s/9608b328-eb8b-11da-823e-0000779e2340.html I don't know about these awards though. My dad got completely fleeced by his second wife and it really did look like she married him purely to get cash after eight years (she did very well for her efforts). Everything stacked up that way. But I guess things are easy to see from a biased view...when I mentioned it to a friend they pointed out to me she spent eight years with him and I'm sure it wasn't enough money to spend that long getting it. And after all, it's only money - my dad's ten times happier since!