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Dividing complex assets in divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Divorce

Dividing assets you’ve shared with your spouse for years can be challenging. In Indiana, understanding the intricacies of asset division can help you navigate the process more smoothly.

Valuing and dividing businesses

Businesses are among the most complex assets to divide. The first step is to determine their value. This can be done through professional appraisals, which provide an unbiased valuation, and by reviewing financial statements like balance sheets, income statements, and tax returns.

Once you get a valuation, you can divide the business in several ways. Buyouts are a common approach, where one spouse buys the other’s share. You might also opt to sell the business and split the proceeds.

As an alternative, you could consider co-ownership, where both spouses continue to own the business together. This may not be feasible in all cases, especially if you and your partner aren’t on amicable terms.

Managing stocks and investments

Stocks and other investments require careful handling to ensure equitable distribution. Key steps include assessing the current market value and choosing a division strategy. Options for division include splitting the stock portfolio or one spouse buying out the other’s share.

Dividing retirement accounts

Retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s and IRAs, are often significant assets in a divorce. There are a few key elements to accurately splitting these assets.

  • Consider both the current value and the potential future value of retirement accounts.
  • Be aware of the tax consequences associated with dividing these accounts.
  • Use a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) to divide retirement plans without incurring penalties.

Navigating complex asset division successfully

Understanding the various options for division can make splitting assets more manageable. By approaching the division methodically, you can ensure a fair outcome that respects the contributions and future needs of both parties.