‘Conduct’ in divorce finances

When there is a financial application in divorce proceedings, one of the factors that the court can take into account is ‘the conduct of each of the parties’ but only if the court believes that it would be ‘inequitable to disregard it’.  This has been interpreted very narrowly by the courts and an instance of conduct has to be a) financial in its nature or its consequences and b) quite exceptional before it will be taken into account and make any difference to the financial settlement imposed by the court.