One of the most important aspects of a divorce is the division and settlement of the former partners' property. Over time, married couples can accumulate many items of personal property, various real estate holdings, significant investments, and even large amounts of money. Should they choose to end their marriage, they may have concerns about who will get what and how much each party will have when their marriage ends.
Amazon has become a household name and most people in Virginia have either ordered something from the online retail giant at some point in time or at least know someone who has. Therefore, they may be interested to hear of the outcome of the divorce of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and what it means for the future of Amazon.
Virginia residents may be fans of the country music band, the Dixie Chicks and the band's lead singer, Natalie Maines. In 2017 Maines filed for divorce from her husband on grounds of irreconcilable differences. The couple have two teenage sons. Maines' husband is requesting over $16,000 per month in child support and over $44,000 per month in spousal support from Maines. He is also requesting that Maines be responsible for the $350,000 he has spent in attorney fees.
Many people in Virginia understand that it is important to plan financially for their future, so they contribute a certain percentage of each paycheck to a retirement account. Some people are even lucky enough to have pensions, and many also count on receiving Social Security benefits to help fund their retirement. However, what happens to one's retirement assets in the event of a divorce? With so much money at stake, especially in a high-asset divorce, it is important that both parties to a divorce walk away with a fair portion of their retirement funds.
When a high-profile couple decides to divorce, their personal life can be placed in the limelight. For example, people in Virginia may be interested to hear that the founder and CEO of Amazon has announced he and his wife are ending their marriage. Touted as the world's richest person, Jeff Bezos and his wife had been married for 25 years. The couple undertook a trial separation before making the ultimate decision to divorce.
Property division, especially in a high-asset divorce, can be a tricky issue. It is often not as simple as just dividing everything in half. Virginia is an "equitable distribution" state, meaning asset division will be handled in a manner that is fair, even if it does not result in an exact 50/50 split. When couples have highly valuable assets, such as a home, investments, a business or more, it is important that each spouse's interests are protected if they divorce.
When a couple is engaged and planning their dream wedding, they may not wish to dwell on negative topics. This may include putting off executing a prenuptial agreement. While they may recognize that a prenuptial agreement can be a valuable part of any marriage, they may simply be too busy or too preoccupied to execute one before their wedding day.
Virginia is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property will be divided fairly (although not necessarily equally). Retirement accounts may be considered marital assets that are subject to division, meaning that it is possible for a person to walk away from a divorce -- even a high-asset divorce -- with a significant deficit in their retirement savings.
According to a survey conducted by Worthy, an Internet marketplace, 46 percent of female respondents who were contemplating divorce, were in the process of divorcing or were currently divorced reported that they experienced unexpected financial issues due to the split. This is significant, especially in a high asset divorce where financial issues may take center stage. It is important for spouses of either sex in Virginia to anticipate the following financial issues they may experience due to divorce, so they can sufficiently prepare for them.
Some of the hardest decisions a couple going through a divorce in Virginia will have to make have to do with dividing their property. After all, over the course of their marriage they may have accumulated many highly-valuable assets such as a house, vacation home, artwork, investments, retirement accounts and more. Moreover, there are assets that may not necessarily have a high retail value, but have a high sentimental value. While some couples are able to work out their property division issues on their own, others may need to look to the court to determine how some or all of their property will be divided.