You didn’t find your spouse in the bedroom with another person. There were no hotel receipts, lipstick stains or other signs of a physical or even an emotional affair. Yet, you have caught your Seattle spouse cheating on you in a way that compromises your trust and threatens your marriage.

What Could Your Spouse Have Been Doing?

According to a recent study, your spouse may have been cheating on you financially. More specifically, your spouse may have been doing one or more of the following without your knowledge:

  • Making large purchases
  • Incurring debt
  • Not telling you about money earned

The study, completed by the National Endowment for Financial Education, found that approximately one-third of people with combined accounts have committed financial deception. Of those people, approximately 10 percent divorce because of financial infidelity.

What to Do If This Has Happened to You

We can’t tell you whether this is an issue that you can work through in your marriage or whether the time has come to get a divorce. However, if your Seattle spouse has been cheating on you financially and you have decided that you no longer want to be married, then we encourage you to contact an experienced lawyer who can accurately assess and value your assets. You need to know exactly what your financial situation is before you sign any divorce settlements.

Has this happened to you? Has your spouse deceived you about a financial matter? How did you handle it? Please leave a comment and share your tips with others who may be facing a similar situation.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington
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