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Reginald Black

Feb 20, 2017

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Deb Hoffert

Feb 08, 2017

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John Arena

Feb 01, 2017

Peter Russo and the staff at his firm have handled my personal and professional business for almost a decade. His ...

rick scott

Feb 01, 2017

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Jenn Spears Brenize

Feb 01, 2017

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Oct 30, 2018

Very professional knows what he\'s doing. Very good with people.

Karen Young

Oct 30, 2018

Mr. Russo gives very solid business guidance. He clearly understands the law but, more importantly, the needs of a business ...

Heather E Steavens-Jones

Oct 30, 2018

If you want a lawyer to give you guidance with your interests as a priority then Pete Russo is the ...

Tami Johnson

Oct 30, 2018

Pete and his team were exceptional in helping my husband and I buy our first small business. Couldn\'t have ...

Lori Keim

Oct 29, 2018

Peter is knowledgeable, caring and honest. I have found his advice to be more focused on what is right for ...

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High asset divorce: a 50-50 split?

Pennsylvania readers, especially those who have gone through a divorce, may be familiar with the concept of marital property. As traditionally defined, the term refers to a 50-50 split of all earnings made during the course of a marriage. Each spouse’s entitlement to an equal share of the marital estate includes assets such as appreciation on real estate property, gains in securities or other financial investments or retirement accounts, and even increased business sales.

The concept of marital property may originally have been intended to protect a spouse that chose to contribute in non-financial ways to the marriage, such as full-time child rearing or through other types of uncompensated work. In a high-asset divorce, however, it may sometimes seem that courts are more reluctant to divide a millionaire’s net worth with a short-lived marriage partner.

In billionaire divorces, for example, one source reports that many divorcing spouses get, on average, 16 percent of the other spouse’s net worth. However, there are examples both below and above that average. In a 2007 example, a divorcing spouse was awarded only 1.6 percent of her husband’s $18.7 billion net worth — although that percentage still amounted to $300 million. A 2010 divorce, in contrast, awarded 46 percent of the other spouse’s assets, for an award totaling $1.6 billion.

Of course, there may be other legal issues at play in these high stakes divorces. A prenuptial agreement, for example, might cap the amount of alimony or financial assets that can be awarded to a divorcing spouse. Although such agreements might be challenged during a divorce proceeding, many often survive — especially if both parties carefully reviewed and consented to the terms before the marriage.

Source: forbes.com, “To Forbes 400 Following $250 Million Divorce Settlement,” Caleb Melby, May 14, 2013