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Navigating a high-asset divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | blog, Divorce |

High-asset divorces typically have unique challenges that demand careful planning and navigation. Whether you own a successful business, multiple properties or substantial investments, you need to know what to expect in a high-asset Texas divorce.

Here are some key points to consider to ensure a fair division of assets and protect your financial future.

Division of assets

Texas is a community property state, which means that assets acquired during the marriage are generally divided equally between spouses in a divorce. This includes not only physical property but also financial assets such as bank accounts, retirement funds and investments. However, any assets that you owned before the marriage or that you received as a gift or inheritance during the marriage are usually separate property and not subject to division.

Complex assets valuation

In a high-asset divorce, the process of valuing assets can be trickier than in a typical divorce. You might have assets that are difficult to value, such as a privately-held business, stocks or art collections.

Potential for disputes

With more assets at stake, the potential for disputes in a high-asset divorce is greater and can make the divorce process longer and more contentious. Disagreements might arise about the value of certain assets or whether an asset is community or separate property.

The importance of financial planning

It is helpful to understand the tax implications of dividing certain assets and to plan for your financial future post-divorce. For example, taking a lump sum cash settlement might seem appealing, but receiving payments over time might be more beneficial for tax purposes.

Navigating a high-asset divorce in Texas can be a complex process, but understanding what to expect can help you prepare. Remember that the aim is to ensure a fair division of assets and secure your financial future.