Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2014] All ER (D) 218 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2014] EWHC 77 (Fam)
Court: Family Division

Holman J

Representation Patrick Chamberlayne QC for the wife.
  The husband did not appear and was not represented.
Judgment Dates: 17 January 2014


Divorce - Financial provision - Order - Consent order - Freezing order - Divorce proceedings commencing - Consent order being made - Consent order providing that applicant wife was due one-quarter of the proceeds of sale of certain shares by respondent husband - Husband purporting by email that he had sold shares for $8 million - Husband failing to pay the wife anything in relation to those proceeds - Husband later purporting that shares had sold for only $400 - Husband failing to explain discrepancy - Wife applying and being granted freezing order - Freezing order requiring husband to make certain disclosures in relation to shares - Husband failing to make required disclosure - Whether freezing order should be renewed and/or extended.

The Case

Divorce Financial provision. The Family Division renewed and extended a freezing order made in favour of the applicant wife against the respondent husband in respect of the proceeds of certain shares due to the wife under a consent order. There had been an abject failure by the husband to comply with the disclosure requirements of the freezing order and, at the time of the instant proceedings, there had remained a totally unexplained, vast divergence between the husbands' statements in 2013 about the value of the proceeds of sale of the shares in 2013 and his statements at the time instant proceedings.

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