Complex Divorce

It is natural for spouses facing divorce with substantial assets to have concerns and fears about their financial security and their assets and debts. A high conflict divorce can threaten those assets and create even further debt. There may a business partnership that needs to be wound down or a closely held corporation or sole proprietor business that need to be valued.

Susan is prepared to fight for her client’s financial interests and exercises sound judgment when pursuing her client’s objective. High net worth businesses or cases involving significant marital assets or even cases involving a substantial inheritance often involve complicated issues including:

  • Business valuation issues (closely held businesses, professional practices (such as, medical, dental, law), business partnerships);
  • Income streams and hidden assets;
  • Real estate including out of state, commercial, residential, and vacation property;
  • Difficult to value assets such as stock options;
  • Appraisal of art and collectibles;
  • Diversion of assets in sham transactions;
  • Income not reflected in tax returns;
  • Enforceability of prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements; and
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony) and support.

Susan recognizes that during a divorce, the potential exists for your lifestyle, financial security and business to be affected. Susan has the experience necessary to identify hidden income and assets and sham transactions. She will advise you as to your rights and as to the Judge’s probable resolution and remind you to pick your battles rather than waste your hard earned money on legal fees.
Susan brings decades of legal experience in family law cases to handle complex financial issues, difficult property division issues, spousal maintenance and other financial problems that arise during a divorce. Some of the ways Susan can help to protect your rights include:

  • Identification of income from all sources of income and marital and non-marital assets (including inheritance);
  • Zealously advocate your position as to the standard of living during the marriage, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and
  • division of property;
  • Assist in the transfer of assets from a pension, 401(k), or other type of retirement plan by Qualified Domestic Relation Orders (QDROs) or Illinois Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QILDRs);
  • Obtain a fair and equitable division of assets and debts acquired during the marriage; and
  • Work with business valuation and forensic experts to protect your interest in valuing a business or professional practices.

Susan understands the legal issues that may require the use of experts such as forensic accountants, vocational experts, and business valuation experts. In cases involving substantial assets and high net worth and complex property division issues, these experts assist in analyzing data and documents to make sure that you receive your fair share.