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Uncovering Missing Information During a Divorce

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Going through a divorce can be a challenging and emotionally charged experience. It becomes even more complex when you suspect your spouse is hiding assets or underreporting their income. In such cases, understanding the importance of financial disclosures and knowing where to look for missing information becomes crucial. In this article, we’ll explore strategies to uncover hidden assets and income during a divorce in Pennsylvania.

The Challenge of Hidden Assets

Sometimes, despite even the most aggressive discovery strategy, your spouse will manage to hide assets and income from you, this can make discovery in Divorce Cases a crucial aspect of your legal strategy.. This is most common in divorce cases where one spouse is self-employed or receives wages from tips or under-the-table.

Lifestyle Clues: Proof of Higher Income

If you suspect your spouse is underreporting their income to the court, and the IRS, the first place to look is your lifestyle as a married couple. If you regularly took extravagant vacations, or if your spouse had an expensive shoe habit, you can point to those luxuries as proof of higher income (of course, you must also consider how many purchases were charged on credit cards).

Financial Records: A Treasure Trove of Information

You can also look at your bank statements from during the marriage. If lots of money was going in and out of your accounts, in amounts greater than your spouse could have deposited at their reported income, that is additional evidence of other income. Also note your spouse’s lifestyle after separation. Is he or she posting photos of her exotic vacations on Facebook, or going out every night? If so, take note.

Accessing Official Records

Official records are another type of information you might need for your divorce. If you are missing copies of your tax returns, you can ask for them from your accountant or you can request them directly from the IRS for a small fee. Other documents such as corporate registrations, titles to automobiles, and property deeds, are available at public offices such as the Secretary of State, Department of Motor Vehicles, or Recorder of Deeds.

Legal Tools for Obtaining Information

Similarly, Social Security records, loan applications, and records of retirement accounts might be useful to your divorce case. If so, you will have to request a court order, or use a subpoena or signed authorization from your spouse, to get access to these things. When it comes to obtaining elusive financial information, legal tools like subpoenas and court orders, often employed in Discovery in Divorce Cases, can be your ally. Similarly, accessing records of retirement accounts, a critical part of Financial Disclosures in Divorce, may require these legal measures.

Persistence Pays Off

While missing information can be frustrating at first, there are ways to fill in the holes and get the information you need. It might require a little research and persistence, but your hard work will be well worth it.

If you’re not ready to hire a Pennsylvania divorce attorney, there are many ways you can attempt to uncover this information on your own.
If you are in need of more information or want to consult with one of our Pennsylvania divorce attorneys, please contact the attorneys at Petrelli Previtera, LLC at 866-465-5395.

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