05 March 2018, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors
A family court can sentence someone to prison for contempt of court where they have failed to comply with a court order or there has been a wilful disrespect of the court.
In the case of Hart v Hart, the 83 year old husband was found to be in serious contempt of court. He had failed to comply with multiple financial disclosure orders and consistently refused to co-operate.
The judge accepted the husband, a successful businessman, was of good character and that a prison sentence would have a marked effect on him, but he sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment.
This case highlights the powers of the court where there is persistent failures to comply with court orders. However, imprisonment is always seen as a last resort.
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