Once a couple separates and they are sorting out arrangements with regards to their children and finances, the Court rules that operate after separation specifically say that each spouse “has a duty to each other party to give full and frank disclosure of all information relevant to the proceeding, in a timely manner”.
The concept of personal privacy is set aside to the extent that it is necessary to disclose information that is relevant to issues in dispute.
In property cases, that includes financial disclosure of all bank statements, credit card accounts, personal loans, online gambling accounts and any financial record that can be produced. If you have entered into a new relationship, the financial circumstances of that new relationship (copies of lease agreements, joint bank accounts and other records) are also required to be produced by way of disclosure.
In parenting matters, full and frank disclosure may include, criminal charges that have occurred after separation, and any medical diagnosis that impacts on the ability of a parent to be able to care for children.
Often when couples separate there are issues about disclosure and allegations of non-compliance with disclosure.
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This article was published on 24/08/23 and the information is valid only to the date of publishing. This article should be considered merely general and non-specific on the subject matter and is not and should not be considered or relied on as legal, advice. Meehans Solicitors is not responsible in the event this information is relied upon by the reader in the absence of specific legal advice.