Dishonesty always costs
Following two cases heard in the Supreme Court in October last year, the courts are starting to see more previously ‘concluded’ divorce cases returning before them. In the cases of Sharland and Gohil, two wives won the opportunity to have their respective divorce settlements reviewed after providing evidence that their ex-husbands had been dishonest about their finances within the court proceedings.
The Court sent a clear message when ruling in favour of Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil that there is a zero tolerance for dishonest disclosure and the family courts are not to be used as an open playing field for fraudsters. Subsequent cases which have also hit the headlines in recent months have supported this message and have even gone one step further in making it clear that attempts to mislead the court will be exposed to the public, even if the guilty party shows remorse for their actions and corrects the situation.
Lessons to be learnt
Couples going through a divorce should co-operate with the court and ensure that they have specialist legal advisors on board to advise and represent them throughout. Full and frank disclosure is not optional; the message is clear: deceit will not be tolerated and an apology after the event is not sufficient to escape penalties or exposure.
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Published: 23 Mar 2016