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TX high asset divorce lawyerWhile many high net worth divorces in Texas involve spouses with nearly equal earning power or separate assets, a significant number of high asset divorces also involve spouses where only one was the primary earner during the marriage. Whether the other spouse was a stay-at-home parent or simply earned significantly less in the marriage, the prospect of divorce can be extremely daunting for that spouse. Although gender roles are shifting, the non-primary earner spouse often ends up being a woman. And many women who go through high asset divorces in this position do not take all the steps they can to position themselves well financially. It is particularly important for women to consult with financial advisors more often than they do and to work with a divorce attorney who has experience handling high net worth cases.

The following are some of the reasons women should consider a financial advisor in a high net worth divorce. If you need help with your divorce case or have questions about financial matters, an experienced Austin high asset divorce attorney at our firm can speak with you today.

Not Enough Women Work with Financial Experts, But They Should

According to a new study, women do not work with financial advisors and other financial experts nearly as often as they should in divorce cases. This is even true for women who are non-primary earners who are going through high asset divorces. Indeed, over 95 percent of women do not use a financial advisor when going through a divorce despite having financial goals they want to achieve.

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TX high asset divorce lawyerWhat makes a high asset divorce in Austin, TX  a high asset divorce? In other words, how much money does a married couple need to have in order to be considered to have a high net worth divorce? And when a married couple is anticipating a high asset divorce, how might the case differ depending upon the source of the assets and the likelihood that one or both spouses will continue to contribute to those assets in the future, even after they are divided as community property?

To be clear, not all high asset divorces are the same. For example, some involve two spouses who have both contributed significant assets to their community property through high-paying careers and family inheritances, while some involve scenarios in which only one of the spouses was the primary source of the monetary assets that make up the community property. These divorce cases can look quite different from one another, and the experienced Austin high asset divorce attorneys at our firm want to tell you more.

Both Spouses Were High Earners During the Marriage

When both spouses were high earners during the marriage, the prospect of dividing certain types of community assets under Texas law, such as retirement benefits or stock options, may not be as daunting since both parties likely anticipate that they will continue earning a substantial paycheck and benefits after the divorce and may not actually see any of those benefits transferred directly to a spouse. Moreover, when both spouses are high earners, the matter of alimony or spousal maintenance is often much less of a concern.

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TX high asset divorceDivorce can place financial strain on even the most conscientious and budget-minded person, but is especially common when the couple in question has unique, diverse, or especially valuable assets that are difficult to divide. There are, however, things that couples can do to help them financially prepare for a divorce, while also maintaining their current standard of living. To learn more about the financial consequences of divorce, whether you or your spouse could be eligible for alimony, or how your assets will be divided upon the dissolution of your marriage, please contact one of our dedicated high asset divorce attorneys for advice.

Reviewing Your Financial Needs

When a couple decides to divorce and a court holds a hearing on the issue of temporary spousal support, the judge will require the parties to disclose not only their assets and debts, but also their expenses. When assessing the latter to determine whether to award post-divorce maintenance, courts will assess which of each party’s expenses are reasonable and necessary. This includes the cost of everything from food, clothing, and vehicle expenses to utilities, legal fees, rent, and even entertainment. Having evidence of these expenses from the outset of the case can help the entire property division process go much more smoothly, while also clarifying each party’s specific financial needs going forward.

Cutting Extra Costs

Although it can be difficult to cut items from a budget that one is accustomed to, doing so is often a crucial step in helping divorcing spouses learn to live within their new incomes. In most cases, divorce will have some sort of impact on a divorcing couple’s standard of living, at least in the short term and while courts attempt to mitigate this by equitably dividing the divorcing parties’ property, divorce still almost always comes with a financial effect. Operating within a restructured budget can be instrumental in helping people adapt to their new financial situations, while helping ensure that their standard of living does not drastically change.

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TX high asset lawyerIf you are recently divorced or are still in the process of dissolving your marriage, you may be nervous about your financial future. Fortunately, there are steps that divorcing parties can take to help them redefine their financial situations after divorce, so if you are considering divorce and have questions about the state of your finances after your marriage is dissolved, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced high asset divorce lawyer who can explain your legal options.

Preparing Yourself for Financial Upheaval

Even the most amicable divorces come with a fair amount of turmoil, especially when it comes to finances, which the parties can expect to drastically change going forward. Some of the most common changes include:

  • A potential decrease in net income;
  • The loss of half of your assets;
  • The need to relocate;
  • The need to reevaluate your estate plan, taxes, and beneficiary planning; and
  • The need to learn new financial skills, such as investing and budgeting.

Fortunately, divorcing parties do not need to go through these changes alone, but instead can rely on a team of financial planners, forensic accountants, and experienced high asset divorce attorneys for assistance.

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TX divorce attorneyWhile ending a marriage is always a complicated process, certain types of divorces are notorious for being especially difficult. Couples with significant, unique, and diverse assets, for instance, often face more difficulties when it comes to accounting for and dividing up marital assets when dissolving a legal union. Fortunately, many of these problems can be avoided if the parties involved retain experienced high asset divorce attorneys who can ensure that their divorce is resolved as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

Identifying Assets

There are a number of complications that can arise during any divorce. Some, however, are particularly common in high asset divorces. Dividing marital property, for instance, tends to be much more difficult for couples with significant assets. This is largely due to the fact that a couple’s finances become more complicated as wealth is amassed. As a result, accounting for the many forms of property, which could range from real estate and business interests to stocks and other investments, can become a complex process. For these reasons, couples with significant assets are often encouraged to retain a forensic accountant who can help them track down all of their financial holdings, which in turn, can help ensure that any property settlements reached by the parties will be as fair as possible.

Appraising Assets

It is also much more difficult to appraise all of a couple’s property in a high asset divorce, as the assets tend to be more complex. For this reason, couples who decide to dissolve their marriages and who own diverse or unique property will need to obtain individual appraisals from experts for assets, such as:

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TX divorce lawyerGoing through a divorce tends to be a tumultuous and stressful time in a family’s life, so it is not uncommon for couples who are going through this life change to focus primarily on the emotional aspects of the dissolution. This instinct is to be expected, and in many ways, is even encouraged as a means of helping children and relatives transition to post-divorce life. However, it is also important for the parties involved to focus on the significant legal implications of dissolving a marriage. For instance, whether or not a divorcing couple has children, they will need to divide their marital property equitably and may also need to grapple with whether one spouse will be required to pay alimony. Ensuring that these determinations are fair to all parties requires effort from both spouses, which includes the compiling and organizing of important financial documentation. This can be an arduous process, especially for couples with significant or unique assets, so if you and your spouse are planning on filing for divorce, you should contact an experienced high asset divorce attorney who can help you get your documentation in order.

Gathering Financial Information

Being prepared with necessary financial documentation and paperwork can go a long way towards ensuring that any property settlement agreement proposed in negotiations or by a court is fair and equitable. The exact documentation that divorcing parties will be asked to produce depends in large part on their specific circumstances. For instance, couples with children may need to provide different paperwork than would a couple who has significant assets and no children. However, there are certain documents that almost every divorcing couple will be asked to produce, including:

  • Income tax returns, often going back as far as five years;
  • Employment information, such as pay stubs and W-2s;
  • Bank statements;
  • Loan documentation;
  • Pension plan documents;
  • Investment and retirement account statements; and
  • Credit card statements.

Divorcing couples may also be asked to produce documentation related to any wills or trusts that they previously created. Documents detailing all of a couple’s assets will be necessary, including appraisals and financial affidavits, as will documentation related to expenses. If, for instance, a couple uses a daycare service, they would need to provide evidence of receipts or invoices that demonstrate the cost of those services.

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Texas divorce lawyerAlthough many couples who file for divorce anticipate conflicts regarding custody or possession of a home, financial problems still catch a significant number of people off guard. Going into divorce proceedings with an understanding of the financial impact that dissolving a marriage will have is crucial, so if you are considering filing for divorce, it is important to consult with an experienced high asset divorce attorney who can walk you through your next steps.

Protecting Your Credit

There are a number of steps that divorcing couples can take to help mitigate certain types of financial problems that they might otherwise face down the road. For instance, protecting one’s credit is an important measure that is often overlooked by divorcing couples. This includes canceling any joint credit cards held in a soon to be ex-spouse’s name, which helps ensure that one party’s credit does not remain tied to the other’s spending habits. This is also a good way to start building a good credit score under your own name.

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Texas high asset divorce, Texas complex litigation attorney, Williamson County high asset divorce lawyer, A prominent financial advisor suggests that spouses who receive the marital residence following a high-asset divorce sell it, downsize, and use the extra cash to make catch-up contributions to their retirement accounts.

Such action is particularly appropriate if the divorcee is over 50, because persons of this age have less time to make up lost wealth. If a person saves $500 per month in housing costs, invests it, and realizes a 5 percent return, that extra cash will be $77,000 in ten years. Professionals suggest that the funds go into a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement account; in most cases, account holders can put up to $24,000 a year into their 401(k)s.

After divorce, household income drops by an average of 23 percent for men and over 40 percent for women.

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