Well, that doubt is not misplaced. Unfortunately, there are lots of folks who, once they go through a divorce, invest a lot of time and energy in trying to conceal information. In fact, it is a problem that is so severe and so significant that, here in California, our legislature has actually enacted very, very substantial legal sets that require spouses of divorce to disclose any and all property, and any and all information regarding income, assets, and debts.
So if you are going to go through a California divorce, you are going to be compelled to disclose all of that information whether you want to or not. And the other spouse, when they receive those disclosures, is going to have some idea as to whether or not their premonition about concealment was right or wrong. Beyond those mandatory disclosures, there are also other tools that are available to the divorce lawyer to make sure that all property, all assets, all debts, and all income are being disclosed and addressed in the divorce case. So, while your feelings are certainly warranted, hopefully by utilization of the disclosure laws that exist in California and by availment to the discovery tools that exist in family law litigation, we can assure that there is no actual concealment once the actual divorce case takes place.
John Harding is the principal of the law firm of Harding & Associates in Northern California. He practices family law litigation and divorce mediation exclusively.