Wednesday 7 December 2016

Women win divorce appeal after husbands lied over true wealth

John Bingham

Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30

'Husbands who lie and cheat to hide their true wealth in divorce cases can expect to see their settlements torn up'
'Husbands who lie and cheat to hide their true wealth in divorce cases can expect to see their settlements torn up'

Husbands who lie and cheat to hide their true wealth in divorce cases can expect to see their settlements torn up, after the UK's highest court ruled agreements built on fraud cannot stand.

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In what is being hailed as a landmark decision, seven Supreme Court justices ruled that two wives, Alison Sharland (48), and Varsha Gohil (50) should be allowed to have their cases reopened to seek larger payouts.

Family lawyers said the decision would stand as a "clear deterrent" to husbands tempted to defraud their wives. Mrs Sharland accepted a £10.3m payout three years ago before she discovered her husband's company, AppSense, was valued at nearly a billion dollars.

Mrs Gohil agreed to £270,000 and a car in her 2004 divorce settlement six years before her ex-husband was jailed for money laundering after the London solicitor helped a Nigerian politician steal at least £25m from the oil-rich region he governed.

In both cases, the courts did not make them increase the payouts or suggest a new hearing.

Irish Independent

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