Divorce can bring financial and emotional heartache - and it can be devastating. For Connecticut housewife Margaret Spenlinhauer, the turmoil lasted 18 year - time she spent searching for proof that her ex-husband had hidden big money from her before they divorced. Spenlinhauer ultimately got a marital settlement of $15 million, a far cry from the original agreement of $1.75 million. Forensic accountants and the right lawyers - and the money to hire them - might have helped Spenlinhauer find the evidence and get her money a lot faster.

Enter Balance Point Divorce Funding of Beverly Hills, Calif. The company advances divorcing spouses money to pay household expenses, lawyers, forensic accountants and other professionals. In return, the firm takes a share of the larger settlements its clients hope to win.

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