Complex Assets in Divorce

by FF Colorado on October 30, 2013

Preventing critical mistakes in high asset divorce cases is not something that many divorce attorneys get the opportunity to do that often in their practice.

One of the largest, most complex aspects of divorce is the distribution of assets and debt. How do you ensure that you will walk away with a fair portion of the marital estate?  Experienced divorce attorneys combine the legal and financial expertise to give you the knowledge you’ll need from the outset of your case and assist clients with divorce throughout the process to:

  • Avoid many of the costly asset division traps that can you to miss out on what you deserve.
  • Negotiate and structure the division of real estate including second homes and investment property.
  • Analyze tax records to locate hidden and overlooked assets, income and debt.
  • Make the best use of financial and valuation experts.
  • Explore how trusts are divided in divorce.
  • Use QDROs and other tools to value and divide complex retirement plans and accounts.

Some of the high asset/high net worth items include:

  • Commingled Separate and Community Assets
  • Vacation Homes and Investment Real Estate Interests
  • Valuing and Dividing Family Business Assets 
  • Deciphering Valuation Discounts
  • Interests in Closely Help Corporations
  • Stock Option Compensation
  • Determining the Spouse’s Contribution to the Business
  • What to Look for When Reviewing a Business Valuation
  • Complex Retirement Plans
  • QDROs
  • State, Federal, & Military Retirement Plans
  • Finding Hidden Assets, Income and Debts: Using Tax Returns and other Financial Documents
  • Using Forensic Accountants and Business Valuation Experts 
  • Using the Expert Reports
  • Depositions and Cross-Examination of Financial Experts
  • Handling Conflicting Expert Testimony
  • Preparing Effective Sworn Financial Statements
  • Dividing Trust Assets In Divorce
  • Locating and Trust Assets
  • Present and Future Value
  • Proving Trusts as Divisible Assets: Key Tactics
  • How to Counter Argue Trust as Assets
  • Tax Considerations and Transfer Fees
  • Handling Special Needs Trusts in Light of Divorce
  • Other Complex Asset Division Issues
  • Spousal Benefits Eligibility During and After Divorce
  • Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements
  • Asset Management of  a Disabled Spouse
  • The Effect of Bankruptcy on Marriage Dissolution
  • High Maintenance/Complex Dissolution When Client is Not Liquid
  • Post-Decree Litigation
  • Mediation and Arbitration

Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C., is a regional full-service law firm strategically located between Denver and Colorado Springs, in Castle Rock, Colorado. We provide quality, cost-effective legal services to clients in a wide array of practice areas, visit our website at or call or a free telephone consultation on your issues at 303-688-3045

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Marc C. Patoile is a director and shareholder at Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C. Marc represents clients with the confidence and expertise clients desire in seasoned attorneys. With more than 18 years of courtroom experience, he knows how to bring many time-saving solutions to resolving your case and he has the reputation for effectively arguing your case in court, if it cannot be settled amicably.
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