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Saturday, September 28, 2019

What If I Think My Spouse is Hiding Money?

If a spouse is hiding money, there is often a paper trail that will show money disappearing from an account or other discrepancies like a difference between income the pay records from an employer reflect it is paying the spouse versus what the spouse is actually depositing in the account.  If you file for a divorce, a good family law attorney has several tools available to uncover this information and help recover these funds in the divorce settlement.  Contact Michigan divorce attorney Cameron C. Goulding to discuss how to use these tools in your case. 

 

How Does a Divorce Lawyer Discover if a Spouse is Hiding Money?


Once the divorce case is filed with the court, then the process of "discovery" may start.  Often the first step in this process is to send a list of written questions for the other spouse to answer under oath along with a request that the other party produce documents such as tax returns, pay statements, bank account statements and many other types of documentation that may apply.  If the party fails to answer the questions or produce the documents, then the court may hold that party in contempt.  If the other party does not answer the questions truthfully, then these answers can often be used against that party later in the case if required.

The divorce lawyer has the ability to issue subpoenas requiring other people or business entities to produce documents.  In some cases, the attorney may decide to send a subpoena directly to an employer, former employer, bank, account manager or other business entity to directly obtain copies of account statements or other documents.  This can be a very effective way of obtaining necessary information to determine whether the other spouse is attempting to hide money or engaging in other shady conduct.

The lawyer has the power to schedule a deposition of the other spouse.  This means that the attorney may require the other spouse to testify in front of a court reporter on the record regarding assets, discrepancies and incongruities which can lead to very important information.  It is also probably the best way to irreversibly catch someone in a lie on the record.  The attorney can also subpoena other people, including neighbors, school employers, human resource directors and anyone else that may have relevant information.

 

Contact a Michigan Family Law Attorney for More Information

If you believe that your spouse is hiding money or engaging in other inappropriate conduct, you should discuss your concerns with a Michigan family law attorney. Contact Michigan divorce attorney Cameron C. Goulding to discuss your options.


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