In every divorce both parties must provide full and fair disclosure of their assets and income. But getting that information may not be as easy as it sounds, especially when dealing with a party who has something to conceal. While some couples are fully aware of each other’s income and assets, there are families where
one party controls all of the finances
and the other is kept in the dark.
There are a lot of ways to disguise income and hide assets, including not disclosing bank accounts; transferring money or assets to third parties or manipulating a small or family business so that it appears not to be profitable. These circumstances require an attorney experienced in reviewing financial and other documents with an eye to finding flaws in a financial story and tracing missing assets or diverted income.
Finding missing assets and income is a daunting task requiring tenacity and determination in the face of what can be incredible opposition on the part of the spouse who does not want to be forced to reveal what has been hidden. At times, that task requires strong advocacy in the face of abusive litigation tactics. I am that strong advocate. In fact, my perseverance was recognized by the Connecticut Supreme Court in a decision regarding the “egregious litigation misconduct” of a party during the discovery process. I use that same diligence on behalf of all my clients.