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Valuing And Dividing Complex Assets In Divorce

Any divorce can be complicated by property division matters. However, when divorcing spouses own significant assets, the process becomes much more complex. It is not simply a matter of larger numbers involved. The assets to be divided are diversified and complex, requiring much greater degrees of knowledge, experience and savvy in handling these matters.

At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab, we assist clients in complex property division cases involving real estate, stocks, investments and other properties in Chicago and throughout the surrounding Illinois areas. Attorney Van A. Schwab has been handling complicated property division and related divorce matters for more than 40 years. Our firm is the solution you need.

Attention To Detail

When a case is complex — when spouses own a closely held business or retirement accounts are involved — it is critical to examine various angles. In a complex property division case, many questions arise:

  • Does the property belong to both spouses?
  • How much is it worth?
  • Has either spouse failed to disclose assets?

We aim to answer all the questions our clients have and offer insightful legal advice and counsel.

Equitable Property Division In Illinois

In Illinois, divorcing couples are subject to equitable property division. In this type of property division, assets may not be split 50/50. The courts consider the following in determining the equitable division of property:

  • Age of each spouse
  • Health of each spouse
  • Income of each spouse
  • Earning capacity of each spouse
  • Nonmarital property

Marital property is subject to equitable property division. This can include bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, real estate and other assets. The nonmarital property, however, is not subject to division. This can include gifts, inheritances designated to one spouse, property owned before the date of marriage and other properties.

Business Valuation

A particular point of contention in any complex property division case concerns business valuation. When one or both spouses own a business, it is critical to determine its value and proceed to either divide the business or compensate one spouse for the portion of the business. Our entire legal staff works with appraisers, accountants and other experts to seek the most accurate assessment of your business.

Timing is critical when valuing property. Illinois now uses the fair market value standard when valuing marital property. Divorcing spouses may choose whether to value their property on a set date or at the time of trial.

Make Sure You Understand How Your Property Will Be Treated

Do you have questions about home equity and property division? Are you wondering about the tax implications of a high-asset divorce? To discuss your case, we offer a consultation fee of $125 to be applied toward the retainer. We accept payment by cash, check or money order. Call 312-702-1745 (in Chicago) or 847-208-4569 (in Skokie, Libertyville or Deerfield) or contact us online.