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Common mistakes couples involved in high-asset divorce make

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Divorce

High-asset divorces have many challenges that can worsen the already difficult process of ending a marriage. One of the primary concerns is the financial impact of divorce. This loss may lead to feelings of anxiety, fear and even depression as individuals grapple with the unknown financial future. 

In addition to financial concerns, high-asset divorce often comes with a heightened sense of social stigma. There may be a fear of judgment from friends, family and society, especially if the divorce becomes public knowledge.  

Important considerations in high-asset divorce proceedings 

Couples involved in high-asset divorces can make the following mistakes, thinking they are making financially secure decisions: 

  • Hiding assets: One of the most common mistakes couples make in high-asset divorce is trying to hide assets to avoid equitable distribution. However, this can have severe legal consequences if discovered, including penalties and loss of credibility in court. 
  • Failing to obtain valuations: Another error noted is failing to get the proper valuations of assets such as businesses, real estate and investments. One party may have a disproportionate share of the marital estate without accurate valuations. 
  • Neglecting tax implications: Many couples overlook the tax implications of asset division, alimony payments and other financial elements of the divorce. Failing to consider these factors can result in unexpected tax liabilities in the future. 
  • Letting emotions drive decisions: Emotions often run high during divorce proceedings, leading individuals to make decisions based on anger, resentment or revenge rather than practical considerations. 

Making financially secure decisions during a divorce can protect your financial interests and help ensure a fair outcome. 

While the road ahead may seem daunting, it would help if divorcing spouses prioritized transparency. With careful planning, both parties can emerge from a high-asset divorce with your financial well-being and emotional health intact, ready to embrace the next chapter of your life.


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