The high-asset divorce process is notoriously complex. Between identifying and valuating assets, determining an asset division structure that protects the interests of both spouses and navigating any other challenging issues unique to a couple’s divorce – including child custody matters, if applicable – there is just no “easy” way to divorce if a couple has been married for any decent length of time and shares complex, high-value assets.
With that said, complexity doesn’t necessarily need to equal contention. Many spouses that are navigating high-asset divorce processes are able to reach an amicable resolution without judicial intervention. The process of high-asset collaborative divorce simply takes time, care, attention to detail, and the assistance of an attorney who is capable of preserving the interests of their client at every step along the way.
Moving forward with your divorce
Because New York is an equitable distribution state, it will be important to keep in mind that you and your spouse can divide the value of your marital estate in any way that is truly fair under the circumstances. Your attorney will work with you to craft an approach that meets the standards set by the state so that – in addition to other just motivations – in the event that your divorce turns unexpectedly contentious, you’ll have a strong position to present to a judge.
If you are thinking about pursuing a collaborative high-asset divorce process, make sure to vocalize this intention to your attorney. They will be able to help you determine the approach that will best suit your unique needs. Many couples that choose to embrace a collaborative approach find that a combination of mediation and attorney-led negotiation tactics tend to “get the job done” as efficiently as possible.