Divorce is never easy, even when it's a mutually agreed-upon decision. Even in the simplest divorce, there are strong emotions and asset division issues to contend with. In high asset divorces, there are often retirement plans, real estate, business assets, expensive vehicles and other complex issues to deal with. No matter what you own, no two divorces are the same, which is why a personalized approach is key.
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A Maryland divorce is difficult for all involved. Many Maryland residents are scared of the process for several reasons. They may be afraid of being labeled a failure. They may be scared of having to split money and other beloved assets. They may also be worried about the effects of divorce on their children. These are all valid concerns. The good news is that we can help, no matter how complex your divorce may seem.
When Maryland couples divorce, they may look to the divorce decree to review negotiations on asset division, child support, child custody and other common divorce issues. However, many lawyers now go a step further and create separation agreements as well. A separation agreement is basically the summary of all the items that the husband and wife have discussed and negotiated on. Our law firm understands the importance of a detailed agreement, and how it is generally a must for something as complex as a high asset divorce.
More and more people are quitting corporate America and becoming their own bosses. While this may seem like the dream life for many Maryland residents, starting a business can be a risky venture. With no regular paycheck to count on, many entrepreneurs work 80-hour weeks and make many sacrifices to keep their businesses afloat. So when their marriages fail, these entrepreneurs may worry about what will become of their business, especially if it is profitable. Will they have to split it 50/50 and have their ex-spouse as a business partner for eternity?
Most people have heard the saying "All's fair in love and war." While those who have been through a divorce may have experienced both love and war, very few will say that they got their fair share. However, there are some states - including Maryland - that focus on equitable distribution in a divorce. This means that while the assets may not be evenly divided, they will be split fairly.
Maryland residents sometimes hold off on filing for divorce for a variety of reasons. Some people have been married so long that they may just think they are going through a rough patch and that everything will get better at some point. However, for others there are major financial implications, and the prospect of a high asset divorce struggle is simply too unappealing.
When most Maryland residents think about complex asset division in a divorce, they probably envision discussions over how to sell their most valuable asset - the family home - and divide the proceeds. However, in a high asset divorce, the stakes can be much more significant than that from a financial standpoint.
Many people probably have a view of divorce primarily as a way to get a clean break from an unhealthy relationship and move on with life. While this may be true in many cases, the unfortunate reality is that a divorce involves much more than simply parting ways with a spouse, especially if it is a high asset divorce.
When someone is considering a divorce, they may already have a preconceived image in their mind about what the process will be like. Many people envision contentious and lengthy court battles, over issues ranging from child custody and support to property division.