The Court imposes a duty of full and frank disclosure on the parties in order to obtain an honest picture of their financial situation and distribute the assets in a fair manner. If parties are not honest about their financial resources, then justice cannot be served.

Both cases of Sharland and Gohil feature serious issues of material non-disclosure in financial proceedings (and fraud in the case of Gohil).

The family law community is awaiting the outcome of the proceedings with baited breath to see how financial deception is to be treated by the family court going forward.