Divorce can bring out different sides of people and it’s not uncommon to discover that your soon-to-be-ex is hiding assets from you during this process. Hidden assets can complicate the process and create unfair situations, but it is possible to find out where your spouse is hiding these assets and bring them back into the open.
Where Do People Hide Stuff?
If you’re taking inventory of your possessions and accounts before divorce and realize things are missing, you might suspect that your spouse has begun dispersing your assets and hiding them away. But where could they be hiding them? There are a few common ways people hide their things from the divorce process from denying the asset has ever existed in the first place, to claiming it was lost or giving it away to another person.
If you suspect that your spouse is using one of these methods to conceal your assets, finding them and bringing them to light is the next step.
How To Find Hidden Assets
If your spouse has hidden some of your assets, there are several methods you can use to find out where they are. In some cases, a paper trail including tax returns is a good place to start your search. You may want to check into any safe deposit boxes you have or other secret places in your home to find these documents. Once you’ve found these, there are several areas you can look to, with the help of an accountant and divorce attorney, that may point out a hidden asset. These methods of financial sleuthing with the help of a qualified professional should lead you to any hidden assets.
It’s not unusual for people to begin hiding their stuff once the divorce process starts, and uncovering these assets is important in ensuring your divorce is equitable and fair.