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Tips to Win a Wrongful Death Claim

After the loss of a loved one, our family had to take action quickly to protect our rights to sue for wrongful death. We tried to handle it alone, but we soon found ourselves looking for professional legal help. There were many twists and turns in the legal process that we had not expected. Even though the company was in the wrong, it was not until we got help that we were able to win. I started this blog to help other families who are going through similar situations. With this guide, hopefully no one else has to go through the experience our family suffered.

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What Should You Do If Your Spouse Is Trying To Hide Money In A Divorce?

If you're getting a divorce, you may find that your spouse is trying to hide money. This might be to try to leave you short in the divorce settlement or even without any money to buy food. If this is happening to you, here's what you should do.

Understand the Consequences

Hiding money in a divorce is a serious offense. The divorce judge will look very poorly on it, and it may even be a crime in some jurisdictions. The judge may increase the amount of money awarded to the other spouse, especially if they suffered immediate financial harm as a result of the hidden money or if the hidden money makes it hard to determine the true value of the divorce estate.

Don't Hide Money on Your Own

Trying to hide money on your own might seem like a natural reaction to make sure you get what's yours and have enough money to pay your bills while the divorce goes through court. Don't do this. In addition to facing the consequences above, it makes you as equally guilty as your spouse so that you won't receive favorable treatment from the judge.

Seek an Emergency Injunction

If your spouse is trying to hide money, head to a divorce law attorney immediately. Your attorney can help you seek an emergency injunction to stop what your spouse is doing. The court will direct your financial institutions to freeze your joint bank accounts, or you may be allowed to legally withhold a certain amount of money for your own use. You'll also be creating a record of what's going on for later use in your divorce proceedings.

Download All of Your Bank Statements

Download copies of all of your bank statements from every bank and investment account you have. Save them or put printed copies somewhere where your spouse can't access them. This will make it easier to go back and prove how much money you really had if your accounts are drained.

Hire a Forensic Expert

Your attorney can help you win a court order to get your half of your money, but your spouse may have made it hard for you to actually trace that money to get what you owed. Work with an attorney to hire a forensic expert who can trace where the money went, so you can tell the judge which banks to send a judgment to.

To learn more about what to do if your spouse is trying to hide money in a divorce, contact a local divorce law service today.