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Supreme Court decides that ‘fraud unravels all’ in divorce cases

Thompson, Sharon ORCID: 2015. Supreme Court decides that ‘fraud unravels all’ in divorce cases. The Conversation 2015 (Oct 15)

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled that if a divorcing spouse lies about his or her assets, the financial aspect of the divorce can be reconsidered. Before now, spouses could deliberately and fraudulently mislead the court on divorce with rarely any consequence – provided their lies came to light after a financial order had been made. That is why this Supreme Court decision is so significant. When a marriage breaks down, it is common for spouses to reach an agreement about how their finances will be divided up, and the agreement is embodied in a court order, known as a consent order. This means that the agreement is sealed by the court, and once this happens it is extremely difficult to have it reopened. Before the Supreme Court decision, this was even the case when assets had been fraudulently concealed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 09:49

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