In Tampa Bay homes to homes in Manhattan and beyond, millions of U.S. voters were probably watching the recent presidential debate. The back-and-forth between the candidates often revolved around what was accurate information and what was false. Secretary Hillary Clinton even urged viewers to check her website and its newly added fact checker to verify certain statements said during the debate.
While you might never have thought that there would be distrust between you and your estranged spouse, distrust often does enter the realm of divorce and property division in particular. Just as fact-checking might help voters make the wisest choice for the future of the country, financial fact-checking can help you and your divorce attorney secure your best post-divorce future.
The hiding of assets is a real financial threat to someone’s life after divorce. If a property division agreement is final but hidden assets were not part of that agreement, then your divorce settlement isn’t fair. If your ex knowingly hid certain accounts or marital property from you during the divorce process, he or she committed fraud. As one source warns, though, intent can be hard to prove. Fighting for what is owed to you after divorce is a stress you want to avoid if possible.
That possibility is real through the guidance of a trusted family law team and the resources they trust to uncover financial truths. Our lawyers at Sparkman Law work and collaborate diligently to discover the most thorough and updated picture of your marital estate. Our diligence includes looking at more complex estate matters such as pension plans, retirement accounts, business ownership, investment values and more.
If you know that your marital estate is complicated and/or relatively high in value, do not hesitate to work with a property division attorney whom you trust as soon as possible. Fact-checking what your spouse claims regarding the estate early on can protect the integrity of the divorce process, your financial stability and you from having to fight for what is fair after a divorce is supposed to be final.