Freezing injunctions

    Freezing injunctions

    Freezing injunctions are a special type of court order which restricts a party’s ability to deal with or dispose of their assets. If you have good reasons to suspect  that your spouse is planning to move assets out of the country or to transfer them to friends, relatives or a trust then you can apply to the court to have those assets frozen.

    Under a freezing order, a party is restricted from moving their assets for reasons other than their living expenses and legal fees. This will prevent them from putting that money beyond the reach of the court, and will allow you to feel secure that your fair share will be protected. Freezing orders are binding on third parties – banks and financial institutions can get in serious trouble if they help someone breach it.

    Where there is an immediate risk that assets might be moved, you can apply for an urgent injunction without notice to the other side. This will allow you to have an order in place before your spouse can act.