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What are some simple ways to see if a spouse has hidden assets?

People typically enter marriages with the belief that their partnerships will last for the duration. Unfortunately, not all marriages are built for the long haul.  In some cases, a couple's relationship may erode over a period of years. During this time, spouses may begin to keep secrets from one another. Sometimes these secrets are in regard to the acquisition of financial assets.

If the marriage is one in which the couple have a high volume of wealth, it is possible these hidden assets could be quite substantial. Therefore, if the couple should decide to divorce, all assets must be accounted for in order to create a fair and equitable settlement.

If you are entering high-asset divorce proceedings and believe your spouse may have unrevealed pockets of wealth, you can use the Internet to investigate your suspicions. Here are some simple investigative techniques:

  • It may be that your spouse is making money off of a side-business. Check sites such as LinkedIn that people use to make contacts and see if your spouse is conducting business on the sly.
  • Check the history on the Web browser used by your spouse. You can look to see if there have been visits to banks or brokerage houses that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Look around on Facebook to see if your spouse has posted incriminating messages or pictures that may indicate he or she has engaged in financial infidelity.

These suggestions only scratch the surface of what can be done to discover if a spouse is hiding assets. If you are interested in digging deeper, you may wish to contact an experienced high-asset divorce attorney. The attorney may be able to apply more sophisticated methods of investigation, such as forensic accounting, to help search for hidden assets.

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