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Concerns in High-Asset divorce s

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One of the things that can complicate a divorce is dividing assets. In Illinois, property is separated into marital and separate property. Everything under the umbrella of “marital” is then split as equitably as possible between the spouses. However, this can be complicated with people of high net worth. Those of high net worth are typically considered individuals who have at least $1 million in liquid assets, meaning they can turn it into cash at a moment's notice. Here are a few reasons high-asset divorce s can be complex.


People with high net worth often have many investments. It can often be difficult for people to keep track of every single business venture that you supported financially. Often, people of high net worth use valuation specialists or forensic accountants to take full stock of the breadthand value of their entire portfolio, the value of their businesses, and other assets.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Often any agreements made on assets before the marriage took place or while the marriage was still ongoing need to be evaluated by attorney s. Sometimes ill-drafted agreements leave loopholes that your spouse's lawyer can exploit. So, it is advisable to ensure the contracts haven't left any of your assets unprotected.

Alimony (Spousal Support)

If you and your spouse have a similar income, it is unlikely either ofyou will require spousal support. However, if one spouse makes significantly less than the one with high net worth, the court may award the spouse with the smaller income some amount of alimony for a period of time.

Martial Waste

In some cases, a spouse with high net worth may try and spend excessive amounts of money, particularly if it's obvious the marriage is coming to an end. this spending is usually an effort to avoid giving a spouse more income or more share of the marital assets. However, this can oftenbackfire. Courts will often punish spouses who waste marital funds byrequiring them to provide their spouse with theequivalent of half ofwhat they spent in excess. For example, if a spouse spends $20, 000 wastefully, he or she will have to pay at least $10, 000 back to his or her spouse.

Hidden Assets

High-asset divorce s have a lot at stake. Some spouses might try to hide extra funds from the divorce proceedings in offshore accounts. this is illegal, however, and can be found out by hiring a forensic accountant to investigate a spouse's financial records.

Tax Consequences

If there ends up being a transfer of assets during a divorce , it almost always involves tax consequences. You and your divorce attorney should collaborate with an accountant to ensure any assets transferred are taxed as little as possible.

attorney 's Fees

the cost of a high-asset divorce will likely be high, mostly as a result of disagreements between the spouses and the investigation into any high net worth individual's financialrecords. If you are a high net worth individual and you initiated the divorce , you might have to pay some amount of your spouse's attorney 's fees.

To learn more about what to expect during a high-asset divorce , talk toone of our Illinois family law attorney s. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we understand how stressful divorce can be. Our lawyers try to make your experience as easy and stress-free as possible. Let us see what we cando for you.

Contact us by phone or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultationtoday. We look forward to working with you.




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