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A major factor that determines the amounts of spousal support payments is the gross annual income of each partner and their employment status. If one party claims to have little to no income (while continuing to receive undeclared revenue) or the other party gains additional income (without disclosing the changes in their status) they may be trying to use the situation to their advantage and, unjustly so, try to influence the amounts of support to be paid or to be received.

On one side you may have a partner who got a promotion or a better paying job and thus the amounts of support that they can pay can increase. This of course can be a good reason for them to try to hide that change in their situation.

Hiding a change in legitimate employment is not a very easy task. Legitimate businesses and corporations will not hire someone “under the table” therefore proving that your ex-partner got a new job in a big firm is not a difficult task (most likely there will be an indication on the company website, on the person’s social media page, and of course on the income tax documents that can be requested by a judge should the situation require a review).

On the other side, you may have a partner who claims to be unemployed and looking for work, while getting support payments from their ex. If this individual gets an additional source of revenue that they don’t declare (the legality of which … or rather the lack of is a separate topic), they may continue to benefit from the larger than deserved support payments from the former spouse.

When the hidden/undeclared income (regardless how big or small they are) is combined with support payments from a former spouse, it can create a very comfortable living situation for an individual and that in itself can be a good reason for them to not want to disclose any changes that may impact the payments they receive from the other party.

Additionally, many revenue streams can be generated online with very little oversight. A former partner can easily create an online business, be it a blog, an online store, or a consulting service, which can be a source of revenue (in some cases a very significant one).

Due to their nature, the “under the table” and online income streams are difficult to track or get knowledge off if the individual decided not to officially declare it. The following signs are to be on the lookout for if you suspect that your former partner may be hiding income and/or employment status:

  1. Their expenses don’t correspond to claimed income and lifestyle: if your former spouse got a more expensive car, go on vacation more often or to more luxurious destinations, or if they are going out and spending more than what their declared income situation would normally call for, it is an obvious red flag of an additional source of money.
  2. They are unreachable during specific hours of the day: if your former partner, who claims to be unemployed, is not constantly free during set hours of a day (ex: during normal work hours) it may be an indication that their time is spent doing something else. Of course, this has to be a repeated and constant occurrence: being unavailable once or twice between 9 to 5 for example, is not in itself evidence of anything, however consistent signs of having a work schedule, may indicate that the person does, in fact, follow a routine of someone who is employed.
  3. They act suspicious and try to avoid the topic when questioned about their work: when you try to bring up a topic of employment, they try to change the subject or are being avoidant in giving you specific or clear answers about any developments in their situation.
  4. They show interest or brag about plans that require significant investments or costs: If your former partner developed an interest in an expensive hobby, real estate, or significantly expensive investments and they appear to be collecting information about those things and increase their participation and comments on social media and forums related to those topics; it may be an indication that even though they can’t or claim to not being able to afford those things, that they may be saving up for those items or activities which could mean they have additional resources to spare for their future plans.
  5. They refuse your or someone else’s help in finding a job: If your former spouse needs a job (and claim to be looking for one) but still refuse any help in finding employment, especially if it’s a job that requires no specific skills and is suitable for them, it may be an indication that they are not truly interested in changing their situation

All of the above-mentioned signs can be viewed as acts of bad faith from the former spouse and may indicate that they are trying to unjustly profit from the current situation. Regardless of whether the ex-spouse had a change in legitimate employment and chose not to disclose it; or whether they are trying to hide any cash sources of income, a Private Investigator can, through surveillance, interviews, and research, help you obtain the necessary information to initiate a review for the spousal support payments and obtain the legal evidence required to support the allegations.