The best way for a financially inexperienced person to know if the other spouse is being completely truthful in his or her financial discovery is to work with his or her lawyer when the lawyer sends discovery requests and other questions to the other side.
Discovery is the formal process by which the lawyer can use the legal means to send subpoenas, questions, or requests for documents from the other side. Work with your lawyer and your lawyer can look and see. You can keep in mind if you know there are accounts or things that show up on the disclosure statement, or for that matter that don’t show up on the disclosure statement. Ultimately, discovery is usually the best vehicle for your lawyer to help you address the shortfalls that you think that are there on the representations.
Sean Sullivan is a family lawyer practicing in the Elmhurst, Illinois area at the law offices of Laura M Urbik Kern, specializing in child custody and dissolution in divorce. Visit his website, www.laurakern.com, and Divorce Magazine profile.
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