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Divorce - Courts Should Not Tolerate Inaccurate Disclosure of Wealth

When the wives of two very wealthy men found that their divorce settlements had been concluded on the basis of information supplied by their husbands which was clearly wrong, a series of legal cases culminated in decisions by the Supreme Court which show that the courts will clamp down hard on those who give misleading evidence in such cases.

The two women claimed that their husbands had deliberately misled them into accepting smaller settlements than they were rightfully due, by hiding their true wealth throughout legal proceedings to divide their respective family assets.

They asked the Court to set aside the earlier divorce settlements that had been agreed.

In one case, the Court of Appeal agreed that the husband’s valuation of his business had been fraudulent but would not overturn the settlement, holding that the outcome would not have been significantly different.

In the second case, it was discovered that the husband had failed to disclose the existence of significant assets. He was later convicted of fraud. However, the Court of Appeal refused to reopen the divorce settlement.

The Supreme Court has now overturned both decisions, which may have a significant impact on divorces throughout the land as it clearly demonstrates that where there is material deception in disclosing the true value of assets during divorce proceedings, the courts are likely to order these settlements to be reconsidered.

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