A former husband faces the prospect of prison if he does not submit his Form E.
Back in May, the man was ordered by a District Judge to submit this document before 8 July following his divorce. However, the deadline came and he failed to comply with this instruction.
Form E is the comprehensive financial statement required by both parties when they divorce. It is designed to allow people to submit full and frank disclosure of their money and assets. This way, the courts can make a fair, accurate assessment of each party’s needs going forward and can make financial settlements which reflect that.
Not only did the husband in this case fail to submit his Form E, he did not attend the First Appointment in August. In response, the wife’s legal team requested that he “show cause why [he] should not be committed to prison” for contempt.
The court endorsed this request in September and set another hearing for October. Once again, the husband did not show up. His Honour Judge Rowland declared that his lack of attendance “demonstrated his contempt for the procedure of the court”. Even so, the judge wanted to give him “a last opportunity to comply with the court order and enable the substantive application to proceed to disposal”.
Judge Rowland said the husband should be sent to prison for three months unless he can comply with the original order to provide his completed Form E within two weeks.
Read the judgment here.
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