Are you concerned about your former spouse lying during your San Diego divorce? If your spouse has been somewhat or chronically untruthful during the course of your marriage why should divorce be any different? The fact is California requires each spouse to make a truthful, accurate, complete and transparent disclosure of all assets and liabilities at the outset of the process.
Spouses and former spouses owe each other a powerful legal obligation known as a “fiduciary duty” until the divorce is completed. Generally speaking, the fiduciary duty requires each of you to act in the best interests of the other in all matters, especially financial.
The Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq can help to protect you throughout your divorce and to identify and bring to the attention of the Court any examples of your former spouse lying during your San Diego divorce.
Income is an obvious place for a party to fudge the line a bit. If you are a wage earner who receives a pay stub and a W2 it is much harder to lie about income without fraudulently forging or editing these documents. Prior year’s tax returns are an easy check source. However, self-employed spouses and those who own their own business or professional practice have a lot more “room to interpret” reported income, as well as the value of the business interest itself.
Others may try to hide money or investments through various schemes.
If you are concerned about your former spouse lying during your San Diego divorce our experienced attorneys have strategies to protect your interests. Forensic accountants routinely track down hidden assets and accounts and analyze tax returns to get to the facts in your case. The forensic team will also review the books, bank statements and tax returns for the business or professional practice to identify questionable practices, transactions or hidden income and assets.
Professional appraisers are the best strategy for establishing the valuation of any business or professional practice.
A former spouse lying during your San Diego divorce regarding a child custody or parenting issue is another common issue. Some parents are willing to make all sorts of accusations in order to accomplish their parenting goals or to hurt their former spouse. One example is allegations of domestic violence or sexual battery.
Let’s make one thing quite clear: domestic violence and sexual battery are serious issues and Burke & Domercq is committed to the safety and protection of all.
Unfortunately, in some cases these claims are lies intended to gain the upper hand in child custody and parenting time.
If you are concerned about a former spouse lying during your San Diego divorce you will need a strong legal team to stand up for you and protect your interests. Our Certified Family Law Specialists are experienced trial attorneys who can pursue the facts in “discovery” and during deposition.