Prison sentence for failure to disclose finances

This week the legal news reports a case where a man has been committed to prison for contempt of court.  Why?  For failing to disclose his finances in court proceedings brought by his wife following divorce.  See our previous blogs on the disclosure process and its importance Proving a negative: How do you find hidden assets?, Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 10 – Disclosure, Avoiding Financial Disclosure on Divorce may be a False Economy.

Full disclosure is not only important but vital to a fair and just outcome in family and matrimonial proceedings.  This case demonstrates that Judges can and will use their discretion to apply the full force of the law where the disclosure process is not being properly adhered to.   Reference  Ball v Shepstone [2013] EWCC 6 (Fam)