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How can you find hidden assets in a Texas divorce?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Divorce

When going through a divorce in Texas, ensuring a fair and equitable division of assets is important. However, sometimes one spouse may hide assets to avoid sharing them in the divorce settlement.

Hidden assets can take many forms, such as undisclosed bank accounts, investments or even physical property. Discovering these assets ensures that both parties receive their rightful share in the divorce proceedings.

Gathering financial documents

The first step in uncovering hidden assets is gathering all relevant financial documents. This includes bank statements, tax returns, credit card statements and any other records that may shed light on your financial situation. These documents can help identify any suspicious transactions or undisclosed accounts.

Conducting a lifestyle analysis

A lifestyle analysis involves examining spending habits and comparing them to reported income. If there is a significant discrepancy between the two, it may indicate that one spouse is hiding assets. This analysis can also help uncover any unusual or extravagant purchases.

Hiring a forensic accountant

In complex cases, a forensic accountant can help. These professionals analyze financial records and uncover any discrepancies or irregularities. They can trace funds, identify hidden accounts and provide expert testimony in court if needed.

Utilizing discovery tools

Texas law provides various discovery tools for uncovering hidden assets. These include interrogatories, requests for production and depositions. Through these tools, one party can compel the other to disclose information and documents related to their finances.

If you suspect that your spouse may be hiding assets, take action right away to uncover them and protect your interests. The sooner you address your concerns, the easier it may be to find anything your spouse has shielded.