The foundation of any relationship is trust. When trust is broken, it is often difficult to repair; but when a spouse takes actions that dissipate assets or income, he or she may be plotting a divorce, and the damage caused may be substantial. As divorce lawyers, we often hear stories from the spouse who “never saw it coming” or who disregarded the signs because they didn’t want to rock the boat. They may have been on the lookout for physical or emotional betrayal, but did not consider the possibility of financial betrayal until presented with hard evidence. By then, it was too late and now they were served with divorce papers.
Whether or not infidelity is a factor in your situation, you need to consider that certain actions on the part of your spouse may be a warning sign that he or she is purposely concealing assets/debts from you or is intentionally reducing their income in order to lower their child and/or spousal support obligation.
The following are some actions that you may have noticed your spouse engaging in which, taken separately, may mean absolutely nothing for your relationship. However, if several of these red flags are present in your relationship, it may be warning that a divorce may be looming. Have you noticed that your spouse is:
These are just some examples. If you find that there are several of these red flags present in your relationship, it may be time for a discreet consultation with a divorce attorney. Being forewarned is forearmed!
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The author is Michael J. Fontaine. Esq.
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