Proving financial abuse in divorce proceedings is highly personal.
Of course you need money for shelter, food, clothing, and daily living expenses.
There are usually bills like mortgages and car loans that need to be paid and you need money to take care of your children.
However, the amounts needed for these essentials can vary greatly depending on your financial situation.
Financial abuse can occur during different stages of your relationship and while proving financial abuse in marriage can be stressful, here are some things to consider:
- Financial abuse during the marriage. Abuse includes spouses who control the “family” finances or refuse to add your name to the checking and savings account.
- Financial abuse can take effect after a divorce as well. Spouses may try to hide or devalue assets or use other financial dishonesty to prevent you from a just property division award, your right to alimony, and your right to child support. Spouses may claim their earnings have been significantly reduced after the divorce, to try to modify an alimony or child support order.
Proving financial abuse can be done by demanding the production of all relevant documents, including tax returns, profit and loss statements., retirement account records, bank account information, car titles, stocks and bonds, and many other assets.
You should also examine if your spouse has any trusts, life insurance policies, brokerage accounts, or safe deposit boxes.
Any evidence of these assets will show the abuse.