Deitch & Perone, P.C. | Attorneys At Law
Monmouth & Ocean County Area
732-440-9887
Union & Middlesex County Area
908-264-2067

The ins and outs of very high-asset divorces

Not many people in New Jersey, or the rest of the United States for that matter, have the kind of assets that the founder of Amazon has. However, it is interesting to take a look at what steps may be taken to protect assets of this nature during a divorce given the news that Amazon's founder is splitting from his wife after 25 years of marriage. The couple will be dividing assets estimated to be valuated at nearly $140 billion.

While it's not unusual for any couple getting a divorce to have joint assets to split, extremely wealthy couples tend to have their assets in stocks that are sometimes difficult to assess. High-asset divorces may also present challenges if martial property includes more unique things like rare collectibles or bank accounts in remote island nations. If infidelity is a factor in the divorce, this usually doesn't affect property division unless joint funds were used to pay for the affair.

Location is another factor that will determine how a high-asset divorce plays out. The Amazon founder and his wife reside in a community property state, which means that the court splits assets equally among spouses. If a business was started during the marriage, as is the case here, all earnings from that business may become community property as well. There are two potential scenarios with regards to how business assets may be handled in a case like this. First, each party could get a very large stock option. Another possibility is that a single entity could be created so that the two former spouses still have joint control over business-related assets.

Couples with substantial assets and a high profile often like to wrap up a divorce out of court, if possible, to maintain their privacy. An attorney may attempt to honor this request by working with both parties to prepare a mutually acceptable divorce agreement. Having a prenuptial agreement is another way that couples with sizable assets may be able to avoid ongoing legal battles. It's been reported that the Amazon founder and his soon-to-be-ex did not have such an agreement.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Our Office Locations

Deitch & Perone, P.c.
265 Highway 36
Suite 203
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Phone: 732-440-9887
West Long Branch Law Office Map

Scotch Plains Office
1812 Front Street
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Phone: 732-440-9887
Map & Directions