In the case of Trot –v- Trot 2016 EWFCB35 Mr Trot and his new wife were given custodial prison sentences for breaching family law orders.
In this matter Mr Trot breached a Court Order by selling a vehicle in breach of an order that had been made under Section 37 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, he failed to place £8,000 with the solicitor as had been agreed, and finally he disposed of £100,000 of share sale proceeds in breach of an order under Section 37 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. Mr Trot’s new wife admitted breaching an order that she should disclose bank statements and documentation about a recent property purchase. Mrs Trot applied to commit her former husband and his new wife to prison. In this case His Honor Judge Hudson confirmed that the husband and his new wife had both been made aware about the implications of breaching Court Orders and therefore it was warranted to commit both the husband and his new wife to prison. In this case Mr Trot was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment for the first and second breach and three months for the third to run concurrently. Mr Trot’s new wife was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment, suspended for 12 months because she had children to care for and provided all documents prior to the hearing.
It is clear from this case that family court judges are being extremely robust with those who do not adhere to the terms of court orders.
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