As a psychologically-trained New York divorce lawyer/mediator for more
than 35 years, I have handled many financially complex, high net worth,
prominent, and celebrity divorces.
Divorce is never easy, but divorces involving large amounts of money, property,
and other assets are even more challenging. In addition to the types of
issues present in typical divorces, such as spousal and child support,
child custody, visitation rights, etc., high net worth divorces can involve
the added burden of determining, for example, how the value of business
and stock options will be split, or who will gain possession of which
high-value asset. With greater amounts of assets, there is more potential
for error on both sides, and a lot more to lose.
Here are some of my suggestions for carefully handling your High Net Worth Divorce:
Don’t agree to anything just to get the divorce.
One should never rush through the divorce process. Rushing through important
decisions such as property division or alimony just to get away from a
person as quickly as possible is never a good idea – it can have
devastating financial consequences and leave you with less than what you
may be entitled to.
Hidden assets can be discovered.
Some spouses think that they can get away with hiding a valuable asset
in order to avoid potentially losing it during property division. This
is often accomplished by transferring the asset into someone else’s
name until after the divorce. This action will likely be considered fraudulent
and could end up seriously hurting you in court. Forensic investigators
can be hired to locate assets. It’s even possible to uncover your
spouse’s secret cryptocurrency stash.
Don’t make anger your motivator.
Divorce is an emotional time, and making decisions based on anger can have
disastrous results. Fighting about every aspect of your divorce may initially
feel satisfying, but remember that the more contentious your divorce,
the more time and money you will have to spend on it. It is difficult
to make sound decisions about your future when revenge is your primary
Don’t allow guilt to influence your decisions.
A person who asks their spouse for a divorce may feel guilty about it.
In many cases, this leads them to give more than they should when it comes
to property division. However, when it comes to divorce, you should treat
it the same way as a business dissolution. Decisions should not be based
on emotions – rather, they should be guided by the advice of an
experienced attorney/mediator who can help ensure that assets are divided fairly.
Remember to consider tax consequences.
When you receive certain assets during a divorce, don’t forget to
consider your tax obligations on those assets. For example, you could
be taxed on a pension, or you could agree to an alimony amount without
knowing how much you will actually clear after you’ve paid taxes.
When it comes to high net worth divorce, knowing how taxes will affect
your divorce is critical.
Make sure you choose the right lawyer, not just any divorce lawyer will do!
High net worth divorces can be complex, and require a high standard of
professionalism, sophistication, discretion and knowledge of financial
matters. It is critical that you hire a highly skilled and experienced
attorney/mediator to protect your best interests. As a financially sophisticated
attorney/mediator having worked at Sullivan & Cromwell, with unique
psychological insight, I will help you think strategically and clearly
to protect your family financially and psychologically. Choose wisely!!
If you’ve worked hard to develop a high net worth for yourself, you’ll
want to make sure that it is protected. If you’ve worked hard to
maintain a home and raise children, you’ll want a fair settlement
to help maintain a bright future for you and your children. I can help
you accomplish all of this, just call me.
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