It is very important to ensure there is full and frank financial disclosure in divorce proceedings. Without full disclosure it is similar to trying to complete a jigsaw with pieces missing. If a party fails to disclose or is difficult about disclosure the cost to both parties in divorce proceedings escalates. Having the right lawyer to ensure proper disclosure takes place is key.
A woman who says she did not get enough money when an 18-year same-sex relationship ended because a wealthy ex-partner “misrepresented” the size of her fortune has won the latest round of a legal battle. Helen Roocroft, who is in her 40s and comes from Bolton, Greater Manchester, accepted a settlement of about £200,000 after separating from Carol Ainscow, a property developer, in 2009. But she said Ainscow, who died aged 55 three years ago, “misrepresented her wealth”. She took legal action against a representative of Ainscow’s estate in the hope of getting more.