You need to get an attorney to fight for this information and the judge will determine what has to be provded
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You attorney will file motions on your behalf. A judge will decide what is privileged.
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It sounds like you may be entitled to all of the financial information, it depends upon many factors. The business may need to be valued in which case all of the financials will need to be provided. The best thing to do would be to have your lawyer make a motion to compel discovery. Any sensitive information can be redacted, such as social security numbers, or the Judge can order the information to be viewed in Chambers first for him or her to see if anything is sensitive in nautre.
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A full examination of the business is necessary. You will need a judge to order complete disclosure and you might need to retain a forensic accountant.
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I agree with the answers below. However, I do not recommend having the court inspect them in privacy. That will not benefit you if you're not able to obtain the information. I would make a motion to compel discovery and, in the alternative, request the court draw negative inferences if they fail to provide the information. There's a court rule that provides for such a finding. That way you get the information or the inferences can be used to positively affect the valuation in your case.
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I hope that you are being represented by a good New Jersey Divorce Law Firm, which has had a lot of experience in handling divorce cases involving a business, because those issues can be very complex.
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The short answer to your question is that your husband needs to provide FULL disclosure. It is not uncommon for one spouse to own a business with to other members of his/her family. Their privacy can be insured by what is called a "Protective Order," which places appropriate limits on the disclosure and use of the financial information.
By all means, insist that your lawyer address this issue with your husband's attorney and, if an agreement cannot be reached, ask that your lawyer make a formal Motion to the Court.
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I agree with all the answers above. You are entitled to full disclosure and if your husband is playing games, you have recourse by asking the court to order him to turn over the information. I would suspect that even once you get this info, you will need a forensic accountant to discuss those documents and value the business and your husbands cash flow from those businesses. You need to consult with an experienced family law attorney that is well versed in complex divorce matters, such as myself.
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