Divorce Cases: Uncovering Critical Information in Tax Returns and Financial Statements

Discovery Strategies, Analyzing Tax Returns and Financial Documents, and Using Financial Experts

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide family law counsel with strategic ways to utilize tax returns and financial statements during divorce cases. The panel will focus on appropriate discovery methods to obtain information, explain how to get the most of out your analysis of tax returns and financial documents, and outline best approaches for using financial experts.


Tax returns and financial statements contain valuable information from which to develop financial strategies during a divorce case. Family law counsel must be able to identify and leverage critical financial information contained in financial documents and personal and business tax return schedules.

Specific line items can provide counsel with the basis for drafting discovery requests to obtain critical information regarding financial resources of the marital estate. This information is also necessary to frame financial strategies and potential resolution strategies.

Counsel may need to work with financial professionals or forensic accountants to review business financials, including balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flows, general ledgers and accountant work papers. Counsel should be well-versed in ways to maximize the use of financial experts in the case.

Listen as our panel of attorneys and accountants discusses the complexities involved in discovering critical information through an analysis of tax returns and financial documents, and identifies best practices for using accountants and other financial professionals.



  1. Income tax returns
    1. 1040
    2. Schedules A, B, C, D and E
    3. 1120S for an S corporation
    4. 1065 for partnership income
  2. Financial statements
  3. Methods to obtain discovery
  4. Ways to use accountants and other financial experts


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the key data points for divorce counsel when looking at financial documents to determine parties’ income and assets?
  • What items in tax returns and financial statements provide clues to income, assets and debts?
  • What are best practices for leveraging financial experts and forensic accountants during the divorce action or to impeach the opposing side’s experts?


Varon, Marty
Martin S. Varon

IAG Forensics & Valuation

Mr. Varon manages and directs his firm's valuation services practice. He specializes in tax and valuation...  |  Read More

Elizabeth K. Jabaley, J.D.
Elizabeth K. Jabaley, J.D.

IAG Forensics & Valuation

Ms. Jabaley's practice focuses on family law forensic accounting and litigation services. She has significant...  |  Read More

Elizabeth J. Fineman, Esq.
Elizabeth J. Fineman, Esq.

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn

Ms. Fineman concentrates her practice on domestic relations matters and handles a variety of issues, including divorce,...  |  Read More

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