• Rose and Rose Solicitors

Jail threat for man who failed to cooperate in divorce

A recent case shows that refusing entirely to engage in the court process is not a viable option in divorce proceedings.

It involved a man who refused to disclose his financial circumstances or attend court for the purpose of arriving at a financial settlement on divorce, despite repeated orders by the court over a five-month period. Eventually, he was served with an order to attend court to explain himself and provide the required information. He failed to attend that hearing also.

The judge found him in contempt of court and ordered that he should be sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for a period to give him time to 'purge his contempt' by providing the necessary information.

Judges have little time for those who take a non-cooperative approach and where this is carried to extremes, jailing the offender for contempt of court is an option.

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