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Can hidden assets be exposed and equitably distributed once a divorce is finalized?

Medina, OH |

I discovered that my ex bought into a business two weeks before our divorce was finalized and witheld that information. Does this classify as hidden assets or financial misconduct and would the courts be willing to look into the matter?

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The short answers are "maybe" and "it depends". If a separation agreement had been agreed to, and husband used only his assets designated by that separation agreement, it is unlikely a court will find any reason to consider that a hidden asset. Think about it. If you had divided $10,000 and he bought a car with his $5000, you wouldn't be entitled to half of the car. You already received half and his half remains his, whatever form it takes. But if the money he used was hidden money and had not already been dealt with in the division of property, you may have a claim.

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