Many divorcees are shocked to find that their financial reality in no way reflects what they’d assumed about their situation. Some suddenly realize that they are on the hook for considerable debt they never knew existed. Others learn that their spouse has been stashing away income for months or even years in hopes of one day minimizing alimony or child support. These revelations often occur far too late.

The sooner you gain a clear sense of your financial situation, the better capable you and your attorney are of securing the best possible resolution during the divorce process. As you determine where you stand, keep an eye out for these common signs of financial obfuscation:

Huge Cash Withdrawals Were Never Accounted For

Did large amounts of money suddenly leave your shared accounts for no reason? What happened to all of this cash? If you remain clueless, financial infidelity could be to blame.

You — Or Somebody Else — Received Huge Gifts Seemingly Out of Nowhere

Did your stingy ex suddenly become generous at some point? Whether that generosity was directed at you or somebody else, it could be a sign of financial manipulation. Spouses who expect to seek divorce may attempt to obfuscate their assets by giving expensive gifts to adult children, siblings, parents, or even paramours.

Your Ex Refuses — Or Has Refused in the Past — to Discuss Finances

Spouses who commit financial infidelity prefer for their partner to be kept as much in the dark as possible. Often, they will refuse to engage in any talk of finances whatsoever. This refusal continues long after the divorce process has been initiated. If you’ve pursued mediation, you may notice your spouse clamming up as soon as you delve into finances in any detail.

Regardless of your current financial situation, you deserve support from a family attorney you can trust. Look to the Brown Law Offices for assistance every step of the way.

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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.