I would like to begin the divorce process, but my wife controls all of our finances. How difficult will it be for the attorneys to find out where all of my money is and where it has been invested?
While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and am unable to give you legal advice, I can give you some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.
Where I do practice in Virginia, it is very easy to discover where one spouse is keeping the money. We do this through the discovery process.
The discovery process includes interrogatories — these are a series of questions meant to find out what exists; requests for production of documents — this meant to get the statements for the differing accounts; and if necessary through deposition — this is a live question and answer session on the record.
Once discovery is served, your attorney can go to great lengths to find the information that you are looking for and compel the other side to cooperate. It is very uncommon that one party will be able to hide assets through the divorce process.
Questions regarding divorce, especially locating marital assets, require a specialized knowledge of local law. For these reasons I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in family law matters in your jurisdiction.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on these matters.
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