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:
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.