Discovery for the financial portion of the family law case can be time-consuming, particularly for cases involving high net worth spouses. There may be many accounts with a high volume of transactions, creating dozens of boxes of financial documents. Unfortunately, this process is a necessary part of family law cases, particularly if there are multiple sources of income, if the totality of the family’s assets is unknown, or if a number of the red flags discussed in Chapter 4 are present.
In this chapter we will discuss the documents that are needed to perform a lifestyle analysis and how those documents are used. In later chapters, we will focus on specific types of income or assets and, more specifically, how the documents are used to investigate those items.