Hirsch & Ehlenberger P.C.


In consideration of the government guidance for COVID-19, our office is providing appointments in virtual settings either through phone or video conferencing when requested. We are still available to meet in person if that is your preference. Face masks must be worn in all common areas of the of the office suite and building. Some courts in Northern Virginia are still only hearing emergency matters, so if you have questions about your specific case, please contact the attorney assigned to your case or ask during your consult.

Hirsch & Ehlenberger P.C.

In consideration of the government guidance for COVID-19, our office is moving appointments to virtual settings either through phone or video conferencing. We are still taking consultations and meeting with clients through these methods. If you believe your case requires in-person interaction with an attorney, please call the office and we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we comply with required social distancing. Please note that the courts throughout Northern Virginia have announced that with the exception of emergency hearings and protective orders, all court appearances through April 26, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled when the courts resume operations. It is possible that this date will be further extended. If you have questions about your specific case, please contact the attorney assigned to your case.

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Is your spouse hiding assets? Where should you look?

Dividing the assets that you and your spouse purchased is a major part of getting divorced; for those who are not parents, it is often the main consideration. Unfortunately, not all spouses want to fairly split their assets according to state law. To keep them from their ex, they may hide them and then misreport what they own to the court. This is prohibited in divorce cases, but people still do it because they hope that their spouse won’t notice and it will never come to light.

Common ways people hide assets

If you’re worried that this may happen to you, it’s important to look into the common ways that assets get hidden as a marriage ends so that you know where to look to uncover them. Here are a few key examples:

  • Setting physical cash aside in an undisclosed location. Your spouse could start getting cash back when making purchases, for instance, hoping you just see the overall bills and do not realize they kept some of the money aside. They can then put that money in a new bank account or a safe deposit box.
  • Giving the money to someone they trust to give it back. They may have all sorts of excuses for the transfer, such as saying it’s a business loan, a gift or payment for a past loan. The real goal is to wait until the divorce is over and then get the money back, thereby keeping 100% of it.
  • Overpaying their bills. If they overpay a credit card company or the IRS, they may get the money back in check form at a later date. This could take until after the divorce. As long as the financial institution is holding their money temporarily, they can hide it while disclosing the assets they still have — but they get the money back later.


These are just three common tactics, but they give you an idea of what goals your spouse may have and how they can work toward them. If those goals violate your rights, though, you need to know what legal steps to take.