Following the court’s decision in the case of Immerman, which prevents wives from using their husbands’ financial information which they have helped themselves to, how is the Supreme Court going to deal with Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil?
These two women have sought to challenge the amount they received on divorce because their husbands concealed assets and misled the court about their values. The Supreme Court will shortly decide whether their husbands’ dishonesty is significant enough to affect the outcome of their divorce or whether their dishonesty is of no consequence.
To any outsider, this must seem madness, not punishing dishonesty and having no effective sanction for lying cannot be endorsed, as fairness can only be achieved when there has been full financial disclosure.
These recent cases demonstrate how essential it is to obtain legal advice as early as possible to ensure all assets are identified and correctly valued.
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