One frequently asked question from divorcing individuals is what to do if the spouse is suspected to be hiding assets. I recently outlined the steps that should be taken if a spouse is worried about the other spouse manipulating assets and income:
If you think your spouse may be attempting to hide income or assets during your divorce proceeding, your first step should be to tell your divorce attorney. Your attorney should know how to handle situations such as this, and the sooner he or she can act, the more likely you are to see results.
You should also quickly gather and secure any documentation that might prove your allegations. Financial documents that you can legally access should be copied and turned over to your attorney. This might include tax returns, pay stubs, credit card statements, bank statements, brokerage statements, contracts, or any other documents which might prove the existence of assets or streams of income.
The article can also be found in the Spring 2013 print edition of Divorce Magazine.
- Income Tax Information Used in Family Law Cases
- Family Lawyer Magazine: Digging Deeper Into Lifestyle Analysis
- How a Lifestyle Analysis Can Be Used in a Divorce Case
- Divorce Investigations: Finding Income and Assets in an Income Tax Return
- Using the Net Worth Method of Proof to Determine Income in a Divorce Case
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