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It’s been said that nothing brings out the worst in people as much as death and money. Personally and professionally, I have come to believe that is true. Inasmuch as in discussing divorce we are virtually always dealing with two spouses who are very much alive, we will leave “death” out of this article. Money is very much in play, however. By and large, spouses have a very good idea of the family income and the things that they own. It would be very difficult for one spouse to reap a serious financial gain without the other spouse finding out, but there are examples of one spouse coming into some extra money and not telling the other spouse about it. I am alluding to having a big night at a friendly card game, a bonus check at work that gets cashed, a winning lottery ticket or maybe some under-the-table cash employment your spouse works at at times when your spouse can’t or won’t account for your spouse’s whereabouts. Cash pocketed for those and other means may never be discovered and paying an investigator – with no guarantees – to look into such possibilities could cost more than the amount of hidden cash (unless the lottery win was substantial, but that is extremely rare). There are many things in life of which we will remain blissfully unaware forever and there’s little that can be done about it if one’s spouse is dishonest and hides things well.

All that said, not infrequently an ex-spouse finds out about such hidden assets or income after the divorce is final. If it could be demonstrated to the Court’s satisfaction that an asset (and certainly a hidden income is an asset as much as anything else) was accumulated during the marriage (and while living together) and was not disclosed in the divorce process (and a claim for assets was included), the spouse hiding it could well be legally compelled to account for it.

If you suspect that your spouse is hiding or has hidden income and/or assets and you want your fair share of what has been hidden and, of course, your spouse either denies having such assets or income (or admits it, but only privately to you – no witnesses), you really do not qualify for a low-cost, simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce. You should start saving up in order to pay a $5000.00 retainer to the most experienced divorce lawyer in your home county…and you may need to do that fast because, as time passes, those assets and/or income may dwindle to nothing or become increasingly difficult to uncover. If you decide that trying to find those assets is more trouble than they are worth to you and you decide to opt for a low-cost, simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce, you should know that once that divorce is final, you would not be able to recover even a dime of what your spouse may have hidden should you find it later. Why? Because in a low-cost divorce, no claims for ANY assets would be made in the documents and you would be deemed to have voluntarily passed on your share of all assets and income, hidden or not.

If you are at my website, you probably just want to end your marriage as easily, simply and inexpensively as possible and this article may therefore hold very little interest for you. Then again, it may be food for thought about something you had never considered.