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When the Dust Settles: The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Ancillary Relief Services

As a forensic accountant based in the heart of Manchester, UK, I have witnessed my fair share of heartache and confusion within family law. Behind closed doors, lives are turned upside down, often leaving families fractured and searching for answers. During these difficult times, the guidance and expertise of a forensic accountant become invaluable in the pursuit of ancillary relief services.

Navigating Complex Financial Waters

Ancillary relief, or financial settlement, divides assets and income between divorcing or separating spouses. While it is a delicate area, the financial complexity can often exacerbate emotional stress, leading to even more contentious proceedings.

This is where a forensic accountant steps in, armed with the knowledge and experience to unravel intricate financial affairs and provide clarity to family law solicitors and their clients. Employing analytical techniques and investigative skills, we delve deep into the financial records and uncover the truth behind the numbers.

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Unearthing Hidden Assets

One of the crucial roles a forensic accountant plays in ancillary relief services is to identify any hidden assets that one party may be attempting to conceal. Whether it’s offshore accounts, undisclosed investments, or businesses masked as personal assets, we meticulously comb through financial documentation, utilising our expertise to detect discrepancies.

Our forensic lens highlights these hidden assets, ensuring a fair and transparent division of wealth and resources. By shining a light on these concealed assets, we provide family law attorneys with the evidence necessary to secure a just outcome for their clients.

Evaluating Income and Lifestyle

In many ancillary relief cases, determining the appropriate amount of spousal maintenance or child support can be contentious. A forensic accountant’s role extends beyond uncovering hidden assets. We also evaluate income and lifestyle, comprehensively depicting a party’s financial situation.

We can identify discrepancies between declared income and actual financial circumstances through meticulous analysis. By assessing living standards, expenditures, and lifestyle choices, we help family law solicitors accurately represent a party’s earning capacity and financial obligations.

The Expertise of a Forensic Accountant

As a forensic accountant, I deeply understand the unique challenges faced within ancillary relief services. Our expertise and presence support family law solicitors as they advocate for their client’s rights during emotionally charged proceedings.

From valuation assessments of businesses and properties to providing expert witness testimony in court, our role extends far beyond the confines of spreadsheets and financial reports. We bring objectivity and professionalism, ensuring an accurate financial picture emerges, and justice prevails.


Within family law, navigating the intricacies of ancillary relief services can feel like sailing through turbulent waters. During these times of uncertainty, the guidance and expertise of a forensic accountant become invaluable.

Operating in Manchester, UK, our team of forensic accountants equips family law solicitors with the tools necessary to unearth hidden assets, assess income and lifestyle, and provide expert testimony when needed. Through our analytical prowess and investigative skills, we aim to provide clarity, transparency, and, ultimately, a fair resolution for all parties involved.

When the dust settles and families begin to rebuild, a forensic accountant’s role is of essential importance in ensuring a just and equitable division of financial resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An independent forensic accounting expert can play a crucial role in matrimonial disputes, primarily by assessing and valuing the parties’ financial affairs. Accountants may review and analyse tax returns, financial statements and other accounting records. They may also assist in the drafting of financial questionnaires, necessary to value business interests, pensions and other assets.

Forensic accountants can be of significant help throughout divorce settlements. They can get involved in cases involving the assessment of income for spousal or child support, tracing and recovery of marital assets, as well as determining the net worth of parties to evaluate the fair sharing of assets.

A forensic accountant can accurately assess the value of a pension for the purposes of a court settlement. The accountant will assess all pension details whilst considering any sector-specific rules and regulations. This may include factoring in future projection of pension payments and net after-tax values.

Forensic accountants can undertake a detailed enquiry into the parties’ financial affairs to reveal any undisclosed or hidden assets or income. This goes beyond simply reviewing tax returns but delving into business records, bank account activity, changes in lifestyle and more.

Forensic accountants can serve as independent expert witnesses in court cases involving matrimonial disputes. They could provide testimony and objective analysis of financial records, valuations and financial questionnaires to help the court understand the parties’ financial positions.

An independent forensic accountant can analyze and value all types of partnership assets in a matrimonial dispute. This may include assessing the value of ongoing trading activities, real estate, investments, pensions, and other assets held within the partnership.

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Charles Eastwood, Barrister,  St Johns Buildings Chambers

I would recommend Jack Ross Chartered Accountants as great leaders in the field of providing forensic accountancy.

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Intricate Financial Investigations? Unlock the Clarity You Need.
When legal cases hinge on financial intricacies, you require more than just an accountant — you need a forensic expert. At Jack Ross Chartered Accountants, we are forensic accounting experts. We have decades of specialised experience including court attendance. Our forensic accountants stand at the intersection of law and finance, ensuring your case is built on solid financial ground.

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