If divorce were a recipe, it would consist of two main ingredients: emotions and assets. While mature, responsible adults are often able to set their emotions aside for the promise of a better future, hammering out the details of a financial settlement can be a different story.
Some of the most common assets divorcing spouses argue over are:
Even if you aren’t familiar with stocks and stock options, if you suspect your spouse has acquired them throughout the course of your marriage, it’s important to bring this up with your legal team. For example, start-ups often offer their employees stock options as a substitute for a higher income. While these options might not have had much value initially, if you’ve been married 10-15 years or longer, the potential exists for great wealth.
Here at Hoffman Divorce Strategies, we regularly work with divorce lawyers and their clients to evaluate and value stock options and restricted stock plans by: