Divorce isn't always easy for people in California, as people are forced to juggle the emotional weight of the divorce along with the financial stresses associated with it. Communication and trust are usually low, which only makes the situation worse. Taking steps to ensure that a future ex is not illegally hiding assets will help a person to protect himself or herself financially when dealing with asset and property division during divorce.
In California, which is considered a community property state, any marital assets have to be split 50-50. One way a person may try to hide an asset from a spouse if he or she is a business owner is to delay a business deal that may end up benefiting their marital asset amount if it were to be finalized prior to the divorce. In addition, those who are wage employees might ask their bosses to defer promotions or bonuses until after their divorce settlements have been finalized, as these might be considered marital assets.