Is Your Spouse Committing Financial Fraud During Your Divorce?Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Getting a divorce is as easy or as difficult as you and your spouse make it. If you’re both on the same page about how assets are to be divided or can come to a compromise, it’s not a long or drawn out procedure. On the other hand, if one or neither of you are willing to make some compromises, it can take quite some time. One sticking point during a divorce is money, which is why some people are tempted to commit financial fraud. They believe they can hide money or other assets in order to prevent their spouse from getting any cut of those assets. Here are a few warning signs that could indicate your spouse is committing financial fraud during your divorce.
They Stop Communicating Financial Information
If your spouse has been fighting you during the entire procedure, they may be withholding as much information as they can. However, if they suddenly stop communicating financial details or start making it more difficult for you to get the financial information you want, it could be because they’re attempting to hide some assets from you. Remember that during the divorce proceeding, you need to be completely honest with your finances, even if you never told your spouse about certain accounts before. If you’re found out, the court will not look upon it favorably.
Any type of sudden secretive behavior, such as changing online account passwords, lying, or taking financial statements without your knowledge can also be a sign that they are committing financial fraud.
They Give Money to Others
If your soon-to-be-ex helps support a relative or friend financially, this may not be a concern. However, if they suddenly make a large gift of money to someone, even if they claim it’s a loan, it needs to be documented in the divorce paperwork. This is especially true if the money came from a joint account. If your spouse suddenly starts giving money to others and then serves you with divorce paperwork, discuss this with your attorney.
Don’t Wait to Discuss Your Suspicions
If you believe your spouse is trying to commit financial fraud, you need to discuss it with an expert. Even if they’re not, you need to know. The experts at the FK Law Group are here to help you with your divorce and other legal matters. Contact us today to discuss your case.