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Know Your Rights: Holding Your Former Spouse Accountable For The Marital Assets They "Pissed Away" or Hid Leading Up To The Divorce Filing

In a divorce, can you recoup monies "pissed away" by a spouse on things unrelated to the marriage or can you hold a spouse accountable for specific debts incurred in advance of a divorce filing? Or, what if your spouse hid assets during the marriage. Can you recoup those monies in a divorce? The answer to each of those questions is YES, YOU CAN, and reliance is found in NJ's equitable distribution statute and in a whole body of case law dealing with that subject.

Invasion of an Ex's Retirement Assets for Unpaid Child Support, Unpaid Alimony, Unpaid Healthcare Costs, College Costs, and Related Fees

Most people who have gone through a divorce, know that QDRO's (qualified domestic relations orders) can be used to divide specific retirement assets between spouses in a divorce. But few people know that QDRO's can also be used to address unpaid court ordered child support, alimony arrears, unpaid unreimbursed healthcare costs, unpaid college contributions and the legal fees associated with those collection efforts.

Common Ways Spouses Hide Assets During a Divorce ( Ouch!)

No one wants to believe that their spouse is capable of something as sneaky, unethical, and potentially illegal as hiding assets, which are or which could be divided in a divorce.... But some actually do exactly that. Here are several of the most common tactics used:

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