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I've been married for 29 years. My wife for 15 plus years…

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I've been married for 29 years. My wife for 15 plus years has had a separate bank account and always refused to show me het earnings. She has a full time and part time job as a social worker in a hospital. I know she earns at least over $30 an hour. She does not do anything at home as far as cleaning, cooking, ext. Her life at home is watching TV. She doesn't even pick up for herself. I'm retired but I've had a part time job close to 20 years. About 4 years ago we got a letter from the IRS stating that she owes taxes. Behind my back she cashed in her 401K for $40,000. She refuses to tell me where the money went. Our home has been in dire need of home repairs for over 20 years. And nothing went to repairing. She spent almost $10,000 on a trip to Greece two years ago. She went against my wishes with a sister and her husband. Our home is cluttered with junk put there by her and out adult daughter. Neither ones does absolutely any house cleaning. She gives $1300 a month to help pay bills. Because of health issues I had to retire at 62. She filed our income taxes and never shows me anything. Even when I insist. She's never been able to save any money but she is probably hiding money that I have a right to. I need to know my rights and my legal options. If our bank accounts, mine and hers were subpoenaed I have no don't that everything she's been doing with the money she keeps will come out. Especially were $40,000 went and to whom. Can you please give me some options?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

Nothing. I'm at the point that I'm fed up with her sneaky behavior and hiding money at a different bank. Although she always seems to struggle with paying bills she has created on her own.

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

Texas

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That's it. I'm sure a lawyer would have their questions.

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. So, there is some relief that you may have here as a result. In TX, athe case of Peckham v. Johnson, 98 S.W.2d 408 (Tex. Civ. App. — Fort Worth 1936) outlined what a fiduciary (financial) relationship is between two parties. TX law has said that fiduciary duties are duties to be loyal and to disclose the financial dealings of one party to another and this extends to husbands and wives. In your case, you could sue your wife for her failure to properly keep you informed of money she is taking out for retirement, for her failure to advise you of the tax issues, or anything else related to your money.

You could file for divorce which would require her to list all of her debts and assets she has incurred and the court may require the both of you to share them upon divorce unless there is some other reason that they should not. Regardless, those are your best options there that you could employ.

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