Financial infidelity exists when a partner refuses to disclose problematic money situations and behavior that can drag the other partner into a tricky financial position. Finding out about financial infidelity can be difficult, as secrecy and dishonesty can mislead and confuse a spouse.
In New Jersey, financial infidelity can be a firm ground for divorce filing. Some tangible signs can include:
Finding receipts of undisclosed big purchases
Have you ever needed clarification after spotting receipts of big purchases, but when you ask, the responses could be better? While it is not advisable to presume financial infidelity at this point, this behavior can be a warning sign.
Lying about constant trips to a casino
A spouse who has a gambling addiction can commit financial infidelity. People with this condition may lie about gambling, primarily when their addiction has previously caused trouble.
Omitting income and debt information
When you find out the actual financial status of your spouse much later in the marriage, this can be considered financial infidelity. While you might think it is an individual’s discretion to talk about their earnings and financial standing, getting married requires transparency regarding money issues. You can be liable for each other’s financial obligations as a married couple.
Suppose proper and open communication has been insufficient, and you are now facing money problems caused by your spouse. At best, this can lead to feelings of mistrust. At worst, lies about spending and debt responsibility can drive an irreparable wedge between the partners. Unfortunately, the wedge can grow larger and larger until divorce is the only option. When divorce becomes a reality, it is crucial that you work with a skilled family law attorney who will protect your best interests and guide you through this complicated process.