Judge To Settle McCartney Divorce

LONDON (AP) — A British judge will be deciding the divorce terms for Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.

It’s expected to take several weeks.

McCartney and Mills spent last week in a closed courtroom trying to reach a deal. Terms will include how much Mills will get of the former Beatle’s fortune, estimated to be as much as $1.6 billion.

Mills smiled as she left London’s Royal Courts Monday morning with her entourage. McCartney did not attend.

The couple married in 2002 and separated four years later. They have a daughter, Beatrice.

Media reports suggest McCartney offered Mills about $50 million, but she wants at least twice that amount.

British law dictates that terms of a settlement will not become public unless it is challenged in the Court of Appeal, or one of the parties chooses to reveal details.