In some divorce cases filed in Broward County, the division of assets and accountability of income is clear. In other cases, the division of assets is not so straightforward. One spouse in a Fort Lauderdale divorce case may believe that the other spouse is hiding assets. Spouses may also disagree about their shared lifestyle which is relevant when your divorce attorney needs to determine alimony. When you file for divorce in Fort Lauderdale, your lawyer may request that you hire a forensic account to prepare your case and ensure that your divorce is based upon full disclosure of assets, liabilities and income.
Forensic accountants analyze the economic aspects of a divorce case. By reviewing financial documents such as bank statements, tax returns and corporate financial records, they develop an accurate assessment of the financial situation by evaluating when money is deposited, where assets are kept and how assets are distributed. All in all, the assets are examined for the purposes of child support, alimony and property division.
In calculating alimony and child support, a forensic account ensures that there is a truthful reporting of each spouse’s income. For property distribution, the forensic accountant ensures that this is fair when there is not a full understanding of the marital assets and liabilities. If both parties have not actively managed the family finances, one may not be aware of all of the assets. If one spouse is trying to hide assets, an untrained person may have difficulty finding the concealed assets.