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If I think my spouse is hiding assets, how can I find them?

Divorce is complicated, and it is quite normal for two spouses to find themselves in contention over the details of the financial divorce order. One of the most commonly contested issues in a divorce is over money, and you may have serious concerns about securing a fair agreement in order to have a stable post-divorce future. In some situations, it may be necessary to consider the possibility of hidden assets.

If you suspect that your New York spouse is hiding assets, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests. This is a complex issue, but with help, it may be possible to locate, identify and appropriately value the marital assets to which you have a rightful claim. You have the right to pursue a beneficial settlement and the full protection of your rights.

Playing hide-and-go-seek for marital assets

It may not be possible for you to simply take your spouse at his or her word regarding the full disclosure of all marital assets. However, this is essential for a fair agreement, and you can take certain steps if you believe that hidden assets are a legitimate issue. With guidance, the following actions could help you discover any assets your spouse may not be disclosing:

  • Take a careful look at any voluntary disclosures. Upon closer inspection of the voluntary disclosures that both spouses will have to give, you may find that there are important and valuable things either left off completely or grossly undervalued.
  • Make a formal request for an involuntary disclosure. If he or she will not cooperate, you may file a formal request that your spouse include all assets and fully disclose all assets.
  • Seek answers through a deposition. A deposition is not always the right answer, but it could be the best way for you to get the answers you deserve. Since it will be under oath, you can use what your spouse says against him or her in court at a later date.

Financial matters are complex, and it can be difficult to get all of the information you need to pursue a fair agreement. Fortunately, you do not have to take on this endeavor on your own. 

Your post-divorce future

During divorce, there is a lot at stake. If you suspect hidden assets, you have no time to lose in seeking knowledgeable guidance to effectively deal with this issue. Through investigation, forensic accounting and other measures, you can fight for the beneficial outcome you deserve and a financially stable post-divorce future.

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