While it is possible to act on your own behalf when ending a marriage in a Washington court, it is usually less stressful and quite helpful to instead rely on experienced legal representation. Especially in a high asset divorce, any number of challenges may arise that are far more difficult to resolve if you are acting alone. In addition, allowing an experienced attorney to represent you may help protect you from being given the short end of the stick in property division proceedings.
Priority issues in a high-net-worth divorce often include mortgage, taxes, investments, retirement and financial support of children or a spouse. It is understandable that you want to protect your financial future. If you and your spouse are on amicable terms, it may merely be a matter of negotiating a fair settlement and navigating the necessary steps to process your agreement.
However, if you and your soon-to-be ex are at odds on one or more issues, you may be in for a fight. If you suspect that your spouse is trying to hide assets to keep them from being subject to division, you may want to enlist investigative support from an experienced family law attorney who knows how to uncover hidden assets as well as how to rectify such situations through litigation. As a high-net-worth couple, you may also encounter problems that are more complex, such as disagreements involving art collections, vacation property, stock holdings or other valuable asset issues.
Hansen Law, PLLC, in Washington is fully equipped to negotiate or litigate your high asset divorce. As a community property state, your assets will most likely be split 50/50, as will your liabilities. By requesting a consultation, you can take the first step toward protecting what you've worked so hard to acquire and avoiding disputes as you lay the groundwork for a new financial future.