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He has opened a secret bank account

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22 Mar 12 #319442 by iusedtolovehim
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OK, I opened his mail. He''s living with his new GF so why he hasn''t redirected I do ''t know - but husband has opened an offshore account. I suspect 25k has found its way into it and another 25k will probably end up in there in the summer.

I have only had the initial 30min chat with the solicitor but liked her and want to get things going asap. Next moves please?

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22 Mar 12 #319488 by maisymoos
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I assume you opened the mail in error!! ;). You should mention this to your solicitor, you will need to question it if the account is not disclosed during financial disclosure.

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22 Mar 12 #319501 by Lostboy67
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As a word of warning, deliberatly opening other peoples mail is against the law.
You should really give him the letter and apologise for your mistake.

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22 Mar 12 #319507 by Fiona
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Do you know where the money originated from? IF it was moved out of a known account there will be evidence of the transaction.

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22 Mar 12 #319513 by iusedtolovehim
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Thanks all - I know it is against the law but when he left I said something to him like ''just remember everything is joint'' and he said ''we''ll see about that''. It is a long marriage - 22 years + 4 years cohabitation. Fiona I think he must have transferred it from our joint savings account but I can''t get online to check yet - have requested a log on which should be soon. The money is from his employer''s share scheme, the next tranche will be paid later this year.
He is very stupid - I know about this money, how will he explain its absence? If he doesn''t declare at FDR can I bring it up?

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22 Mar 12 #319612 by Hacked Off
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Please Google ''Immerman'' financial case, it went to the House of Lords in 2010. The outcome of this has filtered right down through the court system. You cannot present any evidence that your spouse has sorted away money in a secret account if you found it out by opening his/her mail or searching amongst his possessions. I discussed this case with my barrister before court (I had certain evidence I wanted to present) and she said the Immerman case had thrown a spanner in the works at many financial hearings since 2010. You have to read the case and its subsequent implications to get a grip on this.

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22 Mar 12 #319634 by iusedtolovehim
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OK - I know I shouldn''t have opened his mail. But I did and I know he has an offshore bank account. There is a reference number! So how do I bring it up at FDR? The money is from shares - I have a letter from the stockbroker dated several months ago which I (genuinely) found on the dining table, opened. So can that be produced? He was very disorganised re mail - everything would be opened and then just left on the table. There was never any attempt to file things.

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