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Attorneys Skilled In High-Asset Divorce Representation

Last updated on January 28, 2021

Divorce is complex even when a couple has modest assets. High-asset divorces are considerably more difficult because of the size and diversity of the marital assets involved. If you are getting divorced and have a high-asset marital estate, you will greatly benefit from working with an attorney experienced in high net worth divorce.

That’s what you’ll find when you hire Thomas M. Shanley, P.C. Our boutique family law firm offers experienced representation in complex divorce matters that you would get at a big firm and the personalized attention that you would expect from a small firm.

Thorough Accounting And Accurate Valuation

Complex marital estates typically contain a wide variety of liquid and illiquid assets, including investment portfolios, real estate, luxury items, closely held businesses, and legal/financial instruments like family trusts. The first step in the process of asset division is to catalog all assets, including those that one spouse may be trying to hide.

As we discuss on our property division page, the next critical step is to ensure accurate valuation of these assets. Our attorneys have decades of experience in high-asset divorce. This means that we have developed a keen eye for correctly valuing assets. We have also developed relationships with financial professionals, who can be brought in to assist with valuation, when necessary.

Only after all assets have been counted and valued can a fair division begin.

Strategic Division Planning And Negotiation

Connecticut law requires an equitable distribution of assets, but that doesn’t mean a 50-50 split of each jointly owned asset. Some assets are going to be much more important to you than others, and the same goes for your spouse. Our job is to advocate on your behalf to protect the assets you are most interested in, which could include:

  • A family or personal business
  • Certain real estate
  • A prized personal collection
  • High-value household furnishings
  • Cars, boats and other vehicles

Negotiating and trading assets with your spouse isn’t just a matter of face-value math. Most assets come with tax implications as well as value fluctuation over time. We will ensure that each of these factors is thoughtfully considered before coming to the negotiation table.

Ongoing Financial Support

Many divorces involve orders for child support and spousal support, including high-asset divorces. However, the scale is likely to be much larger in high-asset divorces. Whether you are on the paying end or the receiving end, the right attorney can make a big difference in ensuring that the ultimate award amounts are both reasonable and sustainable.

Contact Us To Discover What We Can Do For You

Thomas M. Shanley, P.C., has been representing family law clients for 40 years in Greenwich and surrounding areas of Connecticut, including high-asset professionals, celebrities, athletes and public figures. When it comes to high net worth divorce, we have earned a reputation for excellence and client service. To learn more about how we can help you, call our office at 203-542-9391 to arrange an initial consultation. You can also send us an email.