Are you required to disclose bank accounts of closed accounts during a divorce?

Can a spouse demand financial records of closed accounts in a divorce case? In Florida, the answer is a resounding yes! Florida’s Mandatory Disclosures, as stipulated by the Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.285(d)(1)(8), insist on the exchange of the previous twelve months’ financial records. This holds true even if the accounts are currently closed. These disclosures are a requirement in divorce cases and must exchanged within 45 days of initiating the family case.

Initiating a divorce case involving financial assets for equitable distribution necessitates the exchange of certain financial details as per the law.

What exactly are Florida’s Mandatory Disclosures?

In Florida, these mandatory disclosures allow you to request bank statements within a certain timeframe. You can also delve back several years, depending on the relevance to your case and allegations.

Take, for instance, if your spouse needed to provide bank information from a year ago, but the account has closed for six months or even a year. In this case, your spouse still must comply under the Mandatory Disclosures rule. Your spouse will need to request this information from the bank.

Ultimately, these mandatory disclosures enable you to secure banking or financial information from your spouse from many years ago. This is possible as long as the information is available and relevant to your joint divorce proceedings.

What if the other spouse refuses to cooperate?

If your spouse is uncooperative, you need to consult with your attorney to issue a “subpoena.” This legal document compels the bank to provide the information from your spouse within a certain timeframe following several procedures.



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