You know it’s going to be a contentious divorce. Your spouse was furious when you asked for the divorce. They won’t return your calls. They’ve threatened to “take away” the kids. You also suspect that they’re going to try to hide assets.
How might they do it? People try all sorts of things. If this was a surprise to your spouse, they may not have done anything in advance, but there are stories of people making withdrawals for years and setting aside the cash or repeatedly paying too much to the credit card company so that they get a refund check. Basically, they’ll just try to siphon off money in a slow way that makes it harder to track.
Another common tactic is just to give the money to someone else. They may call it a loan. They may say that they owed the money to a friend for some past loan that they forgot about. No matter how they excuse it, they give the money to that person to hold so that they can get it back after the divorce.
Some people go especially far and try to sneak money or valuable assets — like diamonds — right out of the country. They’re not only trying to hide them but to make it impossible for you to track them even when you know something is missing.
Cases like this are complex and difficult. It’s time to look into all of the legal options you have and the steps you can take to protect yourself from a malicious ex who makes your life harder.