What sort of financial evidence are you allowed to gather during a divorce?

Divorce proceedings have the potential to become messy, as couples fight over how money and assets should be shared. Issues of child maintenance also drive a wedge between family members.

In a court judgment by the Pietermaritzburg High Court, a woman was granted permission to probe the bank acccounts of her husband's new partner as she suspected that her husband had used the woman to hide his money.

Records then revealed that the partners' account had an opening balance of R5.5 million, which increased to R21 million in over a year.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Family Law Clinic consultant, Cheryl Webb, about issues relating to divorce settlements.

Listen to the conversation below:

They can do it by hiding it in a trust or in another bank account. The party who suspects that money is being hidden has the right to investigate.

Cheryl Webb, Family Law Clinic consultant

Some people will surrender their pension, get paid out, blow the money or put it somewhere, then divorce the other party when they don't have a claim.

Cheryl Webb, Family Law Clinic consultant

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