Should I Hire A Forensic Accountant To Help With My Florida Divorce Case?
It depends. A forensic accountant is an accountant who is experienced at investigating possible fraudulent financial activity. Forensic accountants are also able to analyze and interpret complicated financial issues and documents, and present them in court in a way that is easy to understand. Basically, they are trained to investigate fraudulent activity in a divorce.
If you believe your spouse has hidden money or used marital funds in a way that should not have been done, and if there is a large amount of money involved, you may wish to utilize the services of a forensic accountant. If your spouse is working at a job where he receives a standard paycheck that is deposited into a joint account, and if he does not typically hide or lie about money, you probably do not need to hire a forensic accountant.
However, if your spouse owns and operates a business, or if he or she has significant assets and a complicated structure financially, or if a large amount of money appears to be missing, you may need to hire a forensic accountant. Forensic accountants are not cheap though. If your spouse may have taken $1,000, you would not want to pay an accountant $2,000 to find it. Also, if your spouse works in a business where he or she is paid in cash and pays for expenses in cash, it’s not clear that a forensic accountant would be much help.
The bottom line is that most people do not need a forensic accountant in their divorce case. Forensic accountants can be a very valuable asset to those people who do need their services. They can provide a very exclusive service to clients who need them to assist with the discovery and separation of marital assets in a divorce.