Question: My husband met another lady and we're going to get divorced. He said that if I don't accept the money that he's offering me I'll get nothing at all. He said that I'll never find where all his money is and he said his employer doesn't even have to tell me how much he makes.
I haven't worked in over 12 years, ever since we got married. He's been working at the same company for 15 years and I know he gets some stock or bonds or something like that. I really don't know much about finances because I've been taking care of our 4 kids. But I know that I need money to live on and I'll need money for child support and to get an apartment.
I think he's trying to not give me what I'm entitled to and I need to make sure that I get what I need to live. We even have a special needs child.
Besides his job, I know he has a valuable gun collection and two cars that are pretty rare. One is a muscle car and the other one is a Ferrari that he inherited.
He met the other woman at work and she's much younger than him and I don't even think she's an American citizen.
What should I do to get a fair deal in the divorce?
G.S. in Milton, Georgia
Answer: As Milton divorce attorneys, we get this type of question frequently. But don't worry, your husband will need to disclose all of his assets during the divorce in a process known as “discovery.” A party is not allowed to hide assets in a divorce and Georgia law provides mechanisms for full disclosure. We have helped many clients discover assets that the other party is hiding.
We would want to get copies of pay stubs, bank statements and tax returns, among other documents. We can use a subpoena to get the documents we need. That is done to ensure that he is being honest about his financial situation. That way we can get you the best possible deal in the divorce.
We use all of the powers that Georgia law grants to uncover all of a party's assets, including stocks, bonds, retirement accounts and collectibles.
Of course, a gun collection, a muscle car and a Ferrari can have great monetary value, so you should have them appraised by an expert. There are many good independent experts and all of the major auction houses have experts on staff that can provide valuations.
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