Lifestyle Analysis in Criminal Cases: Proving Income Without Full Documentation

Both civil and criminal cases often involve an element of proving or disproving income of an individual or business. It is not unusual for a divorce case to include allegations of hidden income or assets. In contract disputes alleging the loss of sales or profits, an accurate determination of income …

Using the Net Worth Method of Proof to Determine Income in a Divorce Case

This article was originally printed in the ABA Section of Family Law eNewsletter, November 2013. How can income be calculated in a divorce case when a spouse refuses to produce documentation or is suspected of concealing sources of income? One way is through the Net Worth Method of Proof, which …

Kwame Kilpatrick: Lifestyle Analysis in Criminal Cases

In 2008, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged in state court with 8 felonies related to perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice. In On September 2008,he pleaded guilty to two felonies for obstruction of justice and was sentenced to four months in the Wayne County Jail and ordered …

Proving Income in Divorce and Child Support Cases

In divorce and child support cases, one party may attempt to hide income and assets to deprive the spouse or children of their rightful support. It can be difficult to prove hidden earnings or assets, particularly if the other party owns a business, owns assets within corporations or partnerships, or …

Finding Hidden Income in a Divorce or Child Support Case

This article was originally printed in the ABA Section of Family Law eNewsletter, Feb/March/April 2011. When a divorce or a child support issue is looming, it’s amazing how a quickly a closely held business starts “losing money.” I use quotes because such a situation is so predictable. One party wants …