When couples divorce, property division can lead to bitter disputes, even when both parties act in good faith. When one spouse tries to hide assets to hold on to more of the marital estate than they’re entitled to, the situation can become even more contentious. If you suspect that your spouse is hiding assets that will disadvantage you financially, Grant & Sain, PLLC, in Jackson, will do the hard work to find and document them so that the court has an accurate picture and your property rights are protected.
Tennessee follows an equitable distribution standard in dividing property in divorce. That means the court will seek to divide the marital estate in a way it considers fair, though not necessarily resulting in a 50-50 split. In doing so, courts distinguish between marital property, which is generally all property accumulated by a couple during the marriage, and separate property, such as property owned by a spouse prior to marriage. Only marital property is subject to equitable division in a divorce.
When dividing property, both spouses must disclose all of their assets and debts. When a spouse hides, disguises or undervalues assets so that they will not be counted or will be underestimated by the court, an accurate and fair division can’t take place. The ways in which divorcing spouses may hide assets include:
We will work to uncover these or other assets so that we can present the court with an accurate assessment.
As experienced family lawyers, we know how to look for signs that your spouse might be hiding assets or is inclined to do so, such as:
We have the knowledge and experience to identify these and other suspicious circumstances that merit further investigation.
Once we find reason to suspect hidden assets, we conduct a thorough investigation through discovery of relevant documents in your spouse’s possession and issuing subpoenas for other relevant documents in the possession of third parties. These may include tax returns, bank and brokerage account statements, loan applications and financial statements, bookkeeping and accounting records, and cancelled checks and wire transfer statements. We may depose your spouse and other witnesses who may have knowledge of hidden assets. We may also hire a forensic accountant to help us review the relevant financial documents, identify suspicious entries, and trace accounts and cash flow. Through these and other investigative methods, we work carefully to uncover the assets your spouse is hiding.
At Grant & Sain, PLLC, our Jackson firm undertakes the painstaking work needed to track down hidden assets in your West Tennessee divorce. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call 731-256-7477 or contact us online.