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4 challenges of a high-asset divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Divorce

When any couple decides to part ways, the process can be emotionally taxing and complicated.

In a high-asset divorce, potential extra complications demand careful consideration and strategic planning to help ensure an equitable and fair dissolution.

1. Complex asset valuation

One of the foremost challenges in high-asset divorce is the intricate task of asset valuation. This includes determining the worth of various properties, investments, businesses and other assets. The process requires a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of financial instruments.

2. Division of property

Dividing assets fairly is often a contentious issue in high-asset divorces. Couples may own multiple properties, both residential and commercial, which both want to be allocated equitably. This process involves thorough examination, negotiation and, at times, the sale of assets to achieve a fair distribution.

3. Tax implications

Taxes can significantly impact the final outcome of a high-asset divorce. Transferring assets between spouses can trigger tax liabilities, so careful planning is essential to minimize these consequences. Moreover, the sale of assets may also have tax implications that require consideration.

4. Business interests

Couples with high net worth often have ownership stakes in various businesses. Dividing these interests fairly can be particularly challenging. The valuation of these businesses, as well as determining how they will continue to operate post-divorce, demands intricate negotiation and planning.

While the divorce rate in Illinois remains relatively low at 1.3 per 1,000 total population, it offers the best solution in many situations. For wealthier couples, a divorce comes with high financial stakes that often add extra emotional and financial strain.

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