In divorce proceedings, it is common for one or both parties to become suspicious about the other party’s disclosures in respect of their financial position. There may also be concerns that marital assets are being hidden or moved out of reach of one party.

RS Forensic has experience of asset tracing, which enables hidden assets to be identified and excessive expenditure to be quantified and added back when assessing the combined wealth of the parties.

Where there is suspicion that there may be hidden assets, we review the disclosed personal or company financial data and investigate shareholdings and unexplained financial transactions.

We review and analyse the disclosed information and formulate additional questions to be asked to build a fuller picture of the financial position.

We use software to convert bank statements into electronic files, which enables us to quickly and easily analyse bank statements to determine the source and destination of funds and quantify add backs if necessary.

Forensic accounting team

Typically instructed to provide independent and objective expert witness and advisory services in relation to matters involving owner-managed SME businesses.

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Bank statement analysis

Appointed by the husband’s solicitors in divorce proceedings to undertake analysis of his bank statements to quantify and categorise expenditure incurred by the wife over a two year period and over multiple bank and credit card accounts. We used software to convert the bank statement data into electronic format, making the analysis task more efficient and accurate.

Tracing funds in divorce

Tracing funds received into and paid out of 19 different bank and 9 credit card accounts over a two year period in order to understand the overall income generated and expenditure incurred by the wife involved in divorce proceedings. The work involved analysing 12 lever arch files of documentation and determining the financial outcome of investments made through a Swiss bank account for which statements had not been provided. We consolidated the data into two sides of A4 – one showing expenditure and one showing income. Our work was used by Counsel to produce a schedule of add backs to be addressed in the divorce proceedings.

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