View Our Practice Areas

Warning signs your spouse is hiding property

If you suspect a divorce or separation is in your near future, things between you and your spouse may have already reached an acrimonious level. You may suspect that he or she is attempting to hide assets ahead of the split, and you may well be right. Many people prep for divorce by trying to get themselves in a strong financial standing, and they may do so by ethical or unethical means. If you believe your spouse is hiding property or assets in an effort to minimize what will ultimately have to be split between you, be on the lookout for:

Notable withdrawals from bank accounts

While keeping close track of your finances and bank accounts is something of a no-brainer, simply moving funds from one account to another - often at an entirely separate institution - is among the more common methods today's married couples use to try to conceal assets from one another. Your spouse might also try to have bank statements and related communications sent to a place of business or an address other than your home to avoid you intercepting and reviewing them.

Selling or giving away assets

If your spouse is planning to leave you, he or she may try to unload assets to a trusted family member or friend. Say your spouse sells a boat to a close friend. During divorce proceedings, that boat will no longer come into play, and your spouse and that "friend" may have an existing plan in place where the asset can be repurchased or reclaimed once the divorce is finalized.

A failure to send invoices or receive payment in a timely manner

Depending on your spouse's scope of work, he or she may try to conceal assets by intentionally putting off receiving them until after divorce proceedings are finalized. This might be done by failing to invoice a client in a timely manner or failing to pursue payment for work already performed until after the divorce is completed.

Overpayments to the Internal Revenue Service

Yet another manner in which your spouse may try to conceal assets involves intentionally paying too much in taxes one year or overpaying estimated taxes for the year ahead with the hope that the amount of the overpayment will not come back until after the divorce - and therefore not have to be shared.

These are among some of the more common ways spouses try to hide assets from one another ahead of a divorce. If you suspect your spouse may be taking these or other steps to reduce the amount that must be split between you, you may consider enlisting the aid of an attorney.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information


  • Understanding the legalities of the divorce process Laura has walked me through the maze of this legal system educating me so that I understand the divorce process. She has fought for me an every issue that I have had concerns with and given me excellent advice when I needed it. I am very satisfied with the direction and results. - Anonymous
  • The Best Family Lawyer in MI My cousin who owns his own law firm in Toronto found Amy for me as the best female lawyer in MI. It turned out to be very true. She helped me through one of the hardest times of my life, not only just legally but emotionally through a divorce... - Graeme
  • Laura Eisenberg -Attorney Without a doubt, one of the most professional people I have ever dealt with. Laura is an over-communicator with a complete skill set. She was able to manage my expectations while helping me to feel confident in the decisions we were making. The results were great and the client-lawyer relationship was exceptional.- Jeff
  • Excellent, Supportive, Knowledgeable, Strong Amy is the best type of lawyer one could want - she is tough when needed, extremely knowledgeable about her field, confident, supportive, straightforward, reliable and cognizant of keeping financial commitments at a reasonable level. Amy handled my divorce and was not only excellent in her delivery of services, but...- Jordana
  • Highly Recommended - Caring, Tough, Affordable Lawyer Laura Eisenberg was 100% on my side during my divorce and actually got it pushed through ahead of schedule because of her good relationship with the Oakland County judge! She got me everything I wanted and also worked out the custody, child support and the property settlement that I wanted. - Katherine
  • Very Skilled & Experienced Lawyer Laura helped me through a very difficult divorce situation. I was completely taken by surprise when my spouse filed divorce papers, and was worried about the children, the house, child support, etc. A friend recommended Laura because she had really helped her with her divorce. - Anonymous
Read More
  1. Super Lawyers
  2. Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  3. AAML | American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  4. The Best Lawyers in America
  5. MIPA
  6. Business | Top Lawyers
  7. Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb | Featured Attorney

Get Started Today

Responding to our clients' needs is our first priority at Eisenberg & Spilman, PLLC. Whether you are considering divorce and have questions about your rights, or you are seeking custody of your child, our Oakland County family law attorneys are here to help you.

We invite you to contact Eisenberg & Spilman, PLLC, at 248-358-8880 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your divorce or other family law matters. In addition to our regular business hours, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

Email Us For A Response

Eisenberg & Spilman, PLLC
600 South Adams Road Suite 100
Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248-358-8880
Birmingham Family Law Office

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy