Expecting trust in a marriage is one thing, but when dividing marital property during a divorce in Georgia, it may seem unreasonable to have faith that your ex-partner is telling the truth about his or her finances. This may particularly be true when dishonesty was a factor in the destruction of your relationship. According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 2014 Harris Poll survey data indicate that many marriages involve hidden assets.
More than 2,000 American adults participated in this survey, which asked questions about financial deceptions in marriage. NEFE states that of these, 13 percent of the participants admitted they have been dishonest with their spouses about significant amounts of money, either spent or earned. If you uncovered evidence before the separation, or if you have not yet had your suspicions confirmed, you may still decide that you want to look for clues before reaching a settlement. Missing bill statements, reluctance to discuss finances or unexplained receipts may be signals that your hunch is correct.