High Asset Divorce
Divorce is always complicated, but divorces involving high-value estates can be especially complex.
Individuals with a high net worth need a lawyer who can confidently navigate the complexities of high-asset divorce.
Find out why people throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area choose Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, for high-asset divorce representation.
What Constitutes A High-Asset Divorce?
High-asset divorces frequently involve:
- Domestic and foreign real estate
- Privately and publicly held companies
- Life insurance policies, proceeds, and annuities
- Rights and royalties to oil and mineral deposits
- Professional practices and partnerships
- Patents or other intellectual property
- Stock options
- Domestic and foreign employee benefit plans
- Money market and other financial accounts
At the Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt, Donna and her team understand how to locate and assess all domestic and foreign assets.
A Distinguished Attorney Who Cares about Your Future
Divorces involving high-value estates require the help of lawyers with extraordinary attention to detail that will allow them to track down and properly quantify all assets. Our team of divorce lawyers has helped many clients to protect their best interests.
Even if you know it's the right decision, divorce is always an emotional and stressful experience. Our divorce attorneys treat our clients with compassion and sensitivity and strive to make ending your marriage as easy and stress-free as possible.
Less Than 1% of Texas Lawyers Are Board Certified in Family Law
Choose a Board-Certified Attorney To Represent You
Donna J. Smiedt is proud to be a board-certified family law attorney. Very few lawyers have earned this distinction, and not all of them can manage the vigorous recertification process every five years.
Ms. Smiedt has practiced law in Texas since 1986. She earned her board certification in 1991, and has dutifully maintained it ever since. That entails following Texas Board of Legal Specialization standards, having a caseload that is at least 35% family law cases, pursuing continuing education, and more.
Divorce attorney Donna Smiedt is ready to fight for you, leveraging her family law board certification to your advantage. Contact our Arlington, TX, law firm to begin or call:
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Prenuptial or Post-Marital Agreements Can Be Contested After the Fact
Many couples in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area with high-value estates have signed either prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. In the event of a dissolution of the marriage, interpreting and enforcing these documents correctly can have a significant impact. Our Arlington divorce lawyers have the training and the skills necessary to properly handle these contracts.
Although prenups and postnups are legally binding contracts, there are viable strategies for contesting their validity. For example, if one spouse had hidden assets at the time that the document was signed, and those assets came to light later, the agreement may be invalidated, and the assets may receive a new valuation. Or, if one member of the couple believes that they were forced to sign a document against their will, the contract may not hold up in court.
When prenups and postnups are involved, many Texas courts require separate contract litigation to explore the terms of the agreement and the conditions under which the documents were signed. When you enlist the aid of our Arlington divorce lawyer, we will protect your best interests during prenuptial or postnuptial agreement litigation.
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If you and your spouse are heading towards a high-asset divorce, you need a lawyer who knows how to handle even the most complicated divorce cases. You need a divorce lawyer like Donna J. Smiedt, who proudly serves clients throughout Southlake and Westover Hills.
In addition to Ms. Smiedt's status as a Board Certified Family Law Attorney - Texas Board of Legal Specialization, other factors that set our firm apart include:
- Our excellent reputation throughout greater Dallas-Fort Worth
- Our ability to act as mediators or counsel in divorce mediation
- Our welcoming offices and divorce therapy dogs!
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Property Division in Texas And the Difference Between Fault and No-Fault Divorce
In Texas, all assets acquired by you and your spouse during your marriage are considered "community property," meaning they belong equally to both of you regardless of who made a purchase or who earned the most money. Assets that would be considered separate and not part of the community property include anything acquired before the marriage and anything left to a specific spouse as inheritance.
Texas allows for both fault and no-fault divorces (a fault divorce is premised on one spouse's wrongdoing, while a no-fault divorce does not require that a spouse does anything wrong). In a no-fault divorce, community property is almost always divided equally between the two spouses after valuation. In a fault divorce case, the party who is not at fault can sometimes have an advantage regarding property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support.
The division of community property can become especially complex when assets are commingled or hidden. In some cases, our Arlington divorce lawyers recommend our clients file a financial restraining order to prevent spouses from changing the financial status of an estate before the final agreement is settled.
Hidden Assets Are a Possible Challenge in High Value Divorces
Suspect Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets? We Can Help Ensure Property Is Fairly Divided
As a community property state, Texas requires that joint assets be divided evenly and justly. There are legal ways to prevent a spouse from acquiring your assets. That can mean proving assets were owned before a marriage. Or, you can establish a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
Unfortunately, your spouse may break the law to deny you what is rightfully yours. After searching through records like income statements and investments, you may wonder: where has our money gone? In certain cases, it's possible that your spouse may have hidden assets from you.
If that is the reality, they do not have to get away with it. Our tenacious Arlington, TX, team can help you uncover the truth and properly allocate your assets.
We Offer Virtual Consultations
Time can be a significant constraint for many of our clients. However, we are truly a family law firm, and we will work around your family's schedule with convenient virtual consultations.
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Divorce attorney Donna J. Smiedt makes clients feel at ease in a nerve-wracking process. We do this by creating a calm atmosphere for you, while turning up the pressure for those we face in court.
We're here to help, starting with an in-office or virtual divorce consultation. For those who wish to avoid court entirely, Ms. Smiedt and Ms. Muma can act as mediators or lead you through a low-pressure collaborative divorce.
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High-Value Assets in a Divorce Case
High-asset divorces usually involve properties and holdings that are more difficult to divide than a simple savings account. When you have complex assets in your portfolio, ending a marriage can be especially stressful. Fortunately, our Arlington divorce lawyers are able to help you understand your rights and ensure that any property division is conducted properly.
Our divorce attorneys are able to investigate and negotiate the distribution and valuation of assets like:
Dividing business assets can be complicated. Assets derived from a family-owned business are typically divided equally. Ownership interests in a corporation are also divided equally, but property technically owned by the corporation is not subject to division in divorce court. Our Arlington lawyers are familiar with the subtleties of business assets and have helped business owners maintain their success even through a divorce.
Real property is subject to the same definitions as any other asset. Real property acquired during the marriage is considered community property, while any real property owned before the marriage, or acquired directly through gift or inheritance, is considered separate property. There are several approaches a couple can take to equally dividing real property, such as a house. Our divorce lawyers will help you figure out the best plan for your situation.
Many high-value couples in greater Dallas-Fort Worth have term or permanent life insurance policies that need to be reevaluated in a divorce. In general, an ex-spouse will no longer be considered the beneficiary of a life insurance policy after a divorce is finalized, unless specific "decrees" are properly filed. The divorce lawyers at our Arlington law firm can help you understand the nature of your policy and make sure it continues to meet your best interests.
Investment accounts created during your marriage are generally considered community property and should be divided equally. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon in high-asset divorce cases for one spouse to have investments kept hidden from the other spouse. At our Arlington law firm, we have relationships with financial experts who can help our clients locate and evaluate all investments relevant to their divorce proceedings.
We Can Bring in Experts To Help With High-Asset Property Division
You Deserve to Be Treated Fairly
Whether you are the higher- or lower-earning spouse in your marriage, you need a lawyer on your side during a high-asset divorce. Without proper legal representation, you are at risk of losing property that should be yours.
At the Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, we advocate passionately for our clients in Southlake, Westover Hills, and surrounding areas and make sure that their rights are fully protected. Either in mediation or in court, our attorneys can keep the other side from taking advantage of you and give you the best possible start to your new life.
If you are interested in learning more about how Ms. Smiedt and her team can help in your specific situation, request a consultation with our attorneys today. We can conduct initial consultations in person at our Arlington office, or during an online consultation that you can attend from the comfort of your home. To request a consultation, fill out our online form or call:
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We Handle High-Asset Divorce & Several Other Family Law Matters
For many parents in Southlake, Westover Hills, and nearby, the most difficult aspect of ending a marriage is the question of child custody. The divorce attorneys at our Arlington law firm are very familiar with child custody negotiations and always want to make sure that the best interests of the children are considered first.
In theory, child custody is not handled any differently in a high-asset divorce. The focus of Texas family law is to find the best arrangement for the children. Of course, the financial stability of either parent can affect how a judge in family court may rule. That's why it is especially important that you have a dedicated divorce lawyer on your side who can make sure your financial interests are protected during your divorce case.
The question of child support can become a hotly contested issue in a high-asset divorce. In Texas, the parent without primary custody is usually required to pay a percentage of his or her income to the other parent as child support. However, in cases where the parent paying child support has a high monthly income, there is a cap on how much income can be considered in this calculation. The cap changes from year to year based on increases in the cost of living.
While the law states that only a certain amount of a high-earner's income is subject to child support calculations, it also provides judges in family court with the ability to make an exception to the income-cap rule and require a high-earner to pay more. The judge can make this decision if he or she feels that it serves the best interests of the child.
Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is sometimes required of high earners when ending a marriage in Texas. High earners will have to pay spousal support if they have been convicted of a family violence offense within two years of the divorce, or if their ex-spouse is deemed to lack earning ability.
Spousal support payments will not last forever. Depending on the length of your marriage, alimony will only be required for five to 10 years. Parties can negotiate alternatives to spousal maintenance in divorce mediation, and financial professionals can help high earners utilize certain strategies to minimize the amount of taxes paid on spousal support payments. When you work with our Arlington divorce lawyers, we will help you arrange an alimony situation that is just and reasonable.
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Ensure Your Retirement Is Protected With Detail-Oriented Lawyers
As a couple, you may both have planned for retirement. It's also possible that only one spouse has contributed to 401(k) accounts or earned a pension. Regardless of whether you directly contributed, in a community property state you are both entitled to justly divide those assets.
No detail is too small when it comes to your retirement. Ms. Smiedt and Ms. Muma can help you divide the contents of those crucial accounts fairly. If you live in Southlake, Westover Hills, or nearby and want to learn more about how our law firm can assist yo, contact our Arlington, TX, office.