Sometimes during a divorce case, one spouse tells me that the other has spent money on such things as gambling, drug habits, or extra-marital affairs, or money was given away to friends and family with the intent to hide it from the other spouse. Arizona law allows for compensation in such situations if the court finds that there has been “community waste,” that is, where money belonging to both spouses is used on something not for the benefit of the marital community. These claims can be especially tricky for a divorce lawyer, as it can be hard to prove how much was squandered or squirreled away. Oftentimes a forensic accountant must be hired to help track down where the money went.
If you have a similar situation on your hands, give our office a call today at 480-413-9300.