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McCartneys to battle for second week

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  • The McCartneys case likely to go into second week
  • Divorce settlement could be most costly in UK history
  • McCartney split from second wife Mills last year after four years of marriage
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The battle between Paul McCartney and his estranged wife, Heather Mills, for his estimated $1.6 billion fortune looks likely to stretch into a second week.

The Press Association reported that Court 34 has been booked again for Monday, suggesting that the Judge believes more time is needed to reach an agreement.

Court officials said today that the case - originally scheduled to end today - will continue after the weekend, according PA.

The fight over the wealth of the former Beatle could result in Britain's biggest ever divorce settlement. According to media reports it could be worth up to £100 million.

Divorce proceedings in Britain are heard in private, and the door of Court 34 carried a sign saying "No Admittance -- Strictly Private," according to the Press Association.

A media frenzy accompanied the couple's first court hearing in October as they tried to reach a settlement.

Since then, Mills has fired her lawyers and lashed out at the media during television interviews, after sections of the British press portrayed her as a gold-digger.

Mills is representing herself, according to British media, at the hearings. Video Watch celebrity divorce lawyer discuss case »

McCartney, meanwhile, has kept silent about their split, with speculation that he is hoping Mills will do the same by signing a divorce settlement that will forbid her from talking about their relationship in the future.

The terms of any settlement would not become public unless the case reached the appeals court.

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The largest divorce settlement in the UK is the $93 million that businessman John Charman was told by the courts to pay his former wife in May last year.

McCartney and Mills married in 2002 after meeting at a charity event. The couple have a 4-year-old daughter.

At the time of their split, they insisted it was "amicable" despite widespread reports of a tempestuous relationship between McCartney and Mills, an ex-model.


In an emotional outburst in a television interview late last year, Mills said she had been driven to the brink of suicide by the media treatment of her.

"Eighteen months of abuse, worse than a murderer or a pedophile," she told British morning television. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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