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01 Oct 20 #514307 by Mclaren697
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Hi all,

I’ve joined this forum in the hope that some of you could offer some advice. I’ve suspected my wife (of 22 years) of transferring money to her son and sister for some years now. In hindsight this was not a good idea but for many years I paid the mortgage and bills whilst she saved money from her full-time salary into her own account. After 10 years of this, she claimed to have nothing left in the account. We downsized and invested some money and retired, and years later she has now filed for divorce. I overheard her on the phone today to her sister (when she thought I was in the garden) where she admitted sending money to her son and sister.

I’m now concerned that she has been moving money out of her own account (which should be the joint matrimony pot) to her family, thus reducing the amount of money in her own name so when it comes to the financial divorce settlement she will have less to share.

I was considering speaking to a forensic accountant along with my solicitor but I don’t know what else to do. When I search the internet on forensic accountants a lot of the examples I find are couples hiding large sums of money or have business(es) involved, and we are not in the same category as that.

Can anybody help? Thank you so much in advance.

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03 Oct 20 #514317 by Vigorate
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Part of the divorce financial settlement involves disclosure by providing 12 months of bank statements.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about transactions from each others bank accounts as part of the disclosure process.

Not sure there is much you can do about transfers sent more than 12 months ago...

Hopefully someone else can help with more info.

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