We provide advice and assistance to parties who are involved in divorce proceedings in other jurisdictions and who wish to obtain information about assets that are, or might be, held in Jersey.
We regularly make applications to the Court on behalf of parties and their legal advisers for disclosure of financial information from Jersey based banks and other institutions. We can do so on an emergency basis, if necessary, particularly where it is feared that funds are at risk of dissipation.
We advise trustees and other professional advisers who find themselves caught up in divorce proceedings, in Jersey and elsewhere, as to the position to take in relation to those proceedings, particularly when faced with requests for information from a foreign Court.
Partner, Simon Thomas and Senior Associate James Sheedy frequently work together where assistance for foreign divorce proceedings in required in Jersey.
Recent experience of such assistance includes:
- Obtaining disclosure about another party’s assets from a bank or other financial institution;
- Tracing assets that might have been held in Jersey;
- Advice in relation to whether a trust is vulnerable to being attacked or varied in the course of divorce proceedings;
- Advising trustees on issues about disclosure of information to beneficiaries involved in a divorce;
- Advising trustees on what role to take in divorce proceedings;
Law firms and other professionals seeking such assistance benefit from the fact that the team is made up of lawyers who have hands-on experience in substantive financial remedy proceedings as well as in contentious trust litigation and asset recovery work. Even where divorce proceedings are being conducted by others elsewhere, many of our clients find it invaluable to have Jersey lawyers who understand how divorce cases proceed through the courts and the substantive issues that arise.
Similarly, trustees and family offices caught up in divorce proceedings value advice given to them as trustees by a single team who, whilst being experts in trust law, also understand the law relating to matrimonial assets.
For more information on this area of the family team’s work please contact Simon Thomas or James Sheedy .