Women Get Right to Re-open Divorce Settlement Claiming Ex-Husbands Lied in Court

by Admin on October 15, 2015

Two UK counts are re-opening their divorce settlements after two women claimed their ex-husbands were untruthful about how much they were worth.

As the Guardian reports, Alison Sharland, 48 and Varsha Gohil, 50, have won Supreme Court claims in London that will allow disputed divorce settlements to re-open.

Image Credit: Davide D'Amalco (Flickr)
Image Credit: Davide D’Amalco (Flickr)

Resolved disagreements can be re-opened if there is suggestion of dishonesty or fraud in terms of financial assets.

Lady Hale, deputy president of the supreme court said of the Sharland case: “She had been deprived of her right to a full and fair hearing of her claims.”

Divorce solicitor Graham Coy, a partner of Mundays law firm, said:

“This is a victory for common sense and a defeat for dishonesty – it just goes to show that if you don’t put all your cards on the table when divorcing it might come back to bite you further down the line. Importantly, today’s decision could open the floodgates for more people to try and renegotiate historic divorce settlements.”

In general, falsification or non disclosure can be perceived as perjury, which is contempt of court. In most cases however, the trial attorney needs to elicit evidence concerning the life, or material omission. What is unique about this case is that new evidence was admitted to the Appeal Court in the UK.

Read more here.

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