Going through a divorce isn't always simple, especially when one spouse tries to manipulate the system to their advantage. If you've found that your spouse is acting in a deceptive way by hiding assets or running up shared credit cards, it's important for you to talk to your attorney about putting a stop to those actions.
In California, the state believes in community property. That means that any marital property you have should be divided 50-50. An angry spouse, or one trying to be malicious, may attempt to hide assets in places where you can't find them. They may quietly spend down assets or hide paperwork about accounts they took out during your marriage.
What can you do to prevent your spouse from hiding assets and keeping them for themselves?
One thing you may want to do is to work with a forensic accountant. A forensic accountant can follow the paper trail (or digital paper trail) to see where certain assets may have gone or to find items that you may not realize exist. For example, an outgoing amount of money that you never paid much attention to may be getting sent to an app to purchase stocks. If that happens during your marriage, those stocks may partially be your property as well.
If you're concerned about your spouse lying about hiding assets or taking steps to prevent you from getting what you deserve, tell your attorney. They can suggest several professionals you can work with to find missing assets and to make sure those assets are accounted for during your divorce.