Athens GA High Asset Divorce

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Athens GA High Asset Divorce and Complex Property Division

Divorce can be difficult and complex under the best of circumstances. The problems increase when high-value assets are involved in the divorce. A couple facing such divorce usually shares bank account, investments, and many high-value properties and businesses.

At Thomas & Fargione Law, we use detailed analytical techniques, piercing investigation strategies and proven legal skills to offer effective representation in high-asset divorce situations. Our clients work directly with our attorneys — an Athens GA family law firm with years of legal experience, at all stages of their divorce.

We closely scrutinize high net worth divorces and work with a network of forensic accounting experts to accurately value all assets involved. Our services are beneficial to anyone facing a high-asset divorce, including:


Professionals Such as Physicians and Attorneys

Professional services providers have businesses that can only be owned by the licensed spouse. Hence, during a divorce, they are the most difficult ones to divide. The most popular method is for one spouse to buy the interests of the other spouse.

Members of Closely Held Companies

When it comes to members of closely held high net worth companies, the case becomes the most complex. Hence, you must make sure you have the right guidance and advocacy in the matter, which our attorney can provide.

Stockholders of Multi-Generational Companies

Stockholders have interests and shares that can be deemed marital property by the courts. However, that is not always the case. If you can prove that those shares belonged to you before the marriage and there has been no influence on them because of your spouse, the court might rule them out as separate property.

Business Developers

Business developers usually have to split the property and interests in half. However, if one spouse wants to retain ownership of a property, that spouse can buy the interests back from the other spouse.

High-Tech Employees and Executives

High-tech employees and executives can also share bank accounts and investments in a marriage. Hence, during the divorce, they might face complexities. It is always recommended to have legal assistance when proceeding with such matters.

We are also especially well-equipped to help those facing high-asset situations specific to Athens and Georgia; this includes those who have accumulated wealth in the form of stock options while working in the industries in Athens.

A Firm With the Resources to Handle All High-Asset Divorces

Athens GA High Asset Divorce offers tremendous experience in high-asset divorce cases that involve complex property and debt division issues, including:

Business valuations and division, including closely-held companies

Business valuations can be complex when it comes to deciding which property is to be considered marital property and how it will be divided between both spouses. Our attorneys are well-connected with business valuators and can help you assess the correct value of businesses and assets.

Valuation and division of unusual assets like intellectual property

Intellectual property like patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc. can’t be divided using normal split means. Hence, they need a special valuation. However, one spouse can still keep ownership by buying the other spouse’s interests.

Real property valuations and division

Real Estate has to be split between spouses if deemed marital property. Even if you owned it before the marriage, if your spouse’s contribution causes an increase in its appreciation, she will be entitled to a considerable percentage.

Separate property disputes requiring tracing

The most complex factor in a divorce is proving a property to be marital or separate. Our attorneys have expertise in this regard and can help you trace the correct history and category in which the property falls.

High-earner child support disputes

Child support is ordered by the court on one of the spouses. It is based on the time that the child spends with either spouse. However, if your annual income equals that of your wife and you have joint custody, you might not have to pay it at all. We help in resolving such disputes effectively.

Self-employment income may vary, unlike a salary

Self-employment incomes may vary throughout the year that might create complications in deciding the value for child support and alimony. Our lawyers have expertise in this regard and can help you reach a value that sounds reasonable to the court.

Division of retirement accounts and benefits

Your spouse will be entitled to half of the pension and benefits that were earned during the course of the marriage. The retirements plan can be altered in case of divorce so that your ex-spouse receives the benefits directly after your retirement.

Division of investment assets, including stock options

Division of stocks and investments also falls to the decision of whether they are considered marital property or not. If considered marital property they might be subjected to equitable division. Even if the division is not 50-50, the divorcee is entitled to a considerable share.

Valuation and division of valuable assets such as jewelry, trusts, artwork, and livestock

Personal belongings and items are also valued during a divorce and are subject to division. However, the belongings received by you through inheritance or belong to you solely can be considered separate property.  


At the Law Office of Samuel E. Thomas and Alfred Fargione, we take pride in always providing personalized legal services of the highest quality. Contact us if you need any help.