Former football star David Ginola is embroiled in a family court dispute over money with his ex-wife Coraline Delpin.
A judge analysed preliminary issues in the dispute at a private hearing of the central family court in London on Wednesday.
Judge Sarah Gibbons said little detail of issues discussed could be revealed.
Another hearing is due to be staged in the near future.
Mr Ginola, 50, a former French international winger who played for Newcastle United from 1995-97, was at the hearing. Ms Delpin was not in court.