Each week, New Jersey residents tune in with viewers across the country to catch the latest episode of a favorite television show. Reality shows continue to keep viewers hooked, and people wait all week to see what the stars will do next. Shows like "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" often feature the cast members going through major life events. Over the years, the show's faithful following has witnessed weddings, child birth, graduations and other milestone moments, most recently including a high asset divorce.
Not all divorces are created equal. Some are relatively straightforward with few assets to be divided, no children to fight over, and the parties agreeing on just about every legal issue. Others, though, are knock down, drag-out fights where each party has to be as aggressive as possible to protect his or her best interests. This is often the case in a high-asset divorce where there is a lot at stake and the outcome can have significant ramifications for years to come.
When it comes to high-asset divorces, there is a lot on the line. A poorly negotiated or litigated divorce can be extremely costly, leaving an individual with less financial resources than he or she deserves. This is why it is critical that those who are going through a high-asset divorce fully understand the process and how to utilize it to their advantage.
Many couples in New Jersey own additional properties, such as homes or even commercial buildings, that they use to make additional income. In some cases, a real estate investment business can be so lucrative that the couple can devote their energy to it full time and make a very nice living from their rental income Also, the couple can make even more money by buying real estate when prices are low and selling the property during a hot real estate market, that is, when prices are high.
Any given divorce case will involve quite a range of issues to address, from child custody and support to alimony and property division. However, when a couple has a significant amount of assets, it is the property division part of the divorce case that can become more contentious than even the parties involved might expect. After all, New Jersey residents work hard for their earnings and likely will not want to accept any out-of-court agreement they view as unfair.
When New Jersey residents are involved in a high-asset divorce, one question may override all others: who gets what? But, to solve that problem, exact legal terms will come into play, none more important than the term "marital property." So, how do you define "marital property" in a high-asset divorce?
By now everyone in New Jersey knows about the online retailer Amazon. The use of this service is becoming so prevalent that the company is becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world. That has made the owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, a very wealthy man. Some say Bezos is the richest man in the world, with a fortune estimated at $136 billion. While most would think that life must be pretty good for Bezos, even the richest man in the world is not immune to relationship problems.
Everyone knows that a divorce ends a marriage so that the two people involved in the relationship can, hopefully, move on to a better life. However, a divorce is more than just an opportunity to get out of a relationship that isn't living up to expectations. For couples who have considerable wealth, understanding the implications of a high asset divorce is crucial.
Divorcing couples in New Jersey often have a wide variety of questions about how the dissolution process will work. Each divorce case is different, but many will involve common issues: child custody and support, alimony and property division. For some couples in a high asset divorce, property division and alimony might be the most important issues of all. But, just because a divorce involves a significant amount of assets, does that mean that the sides should push for a quick resolution of the case to save money?
No two divorce cases in New Jersey are the same. Some are amicable, in which the couple can agree on most of the terms of the divorce out-of-court and submit an agreement to the court for approval. Others are contentious, seeing the couple fight over every detail of the dissolution proceeding, from child custody and support to alimony and property division. However, oftentimes the biggest difference between any two cases is the amount of assets involved.