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'This judgment confirms that same-sex couples have the same rights under family law as heterosexual couples and is further proof that the family courts will not tolerate dishonesty in divorce or dissolution proceedings.Ms Roocroft said after hearing of the result:
'It seems that all too often partners whether in marriage or civil partnerships are trying to get out of their obligations to their former partners by being deliberately obstructive or dishonest about their wealth and assets.
'There have been many high profile cases over the past few years where the courts have shown they will not tolerate people trying to hide their wealth in businesses or refusing to pay their settlements and maintenance.
'Ms Roocroft now has the opportunity to potentially set aside her original settlement and open discussions on a fair settlement based on the true disclosure of the assets built up during the couple’s 18-year relationship.'
'I am relieved that we have reached the next step in our legal battle.
'I was with my former partner for 18 years and I just want the chance to negotiate a settlement on the basis of the facts. The courts have proven once again that you cannot hide money during a divorce or dissolution and I hope my case will discourage others from doing so in future.'