High Asset & High Profile Divorces
Let our high-profile and high-asset divorce attorneys put their comprehensive knowledge of family law to work for you.
All family law cases are different, but some are more unique than others – particularly those involving high profile parties and/or high assets. Our senior partner, J. Benjamin Stevens, focuses on these types of cases, including divorce and child custody cases for celebrities, professional athletes, entertainers, local and international business executives, and their spouses and partners.
If you or your loved ones have cases that involve high incomes or high asset issues, it is extremely important to retain an experienced family law attorney to handle your case. Mr. Stevens is one of a very select few attorneys in South Carolina who are Fellows in the highly prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He has held many prestigious positions within the AAML and will serve as National President from November 2023 through November 2024.
International Issues in High-Asset and High-Profile Divorce Cases
High asset and high-income divorces, particularly if they involve international property issues, add another layer of complexity to what can already be an immensely difficult transitional time for families. Privacy, asset identification and valuation, discovery, support, and custody-related issues are particularly nuanced in these types of cases. We have years of experience in providing counsel and advocacy in cases involving professional athletes, entertainers, international and local business executives, their spouses, and partners.
Mr. Stevens is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) which recognizes his history of cases involving these unique international issues but also affords him access to a global network of family law attorneys to assist his clients with any related issues arising from your divorce and custody cases which may need to be addressed in a foreign court or jurisdiction. You can read more about the special considerations in these international cases by clicking here.
Business Owners Who Divorce Need Experienced Counsel on Their Side
While most people contemplating divorce know that the Family Court will have jurisdiction to equitably divide the marital property, what surprises most people is that small businesses (and large ones, too) can also be subject to equitable division. Dividing a business in a divorce requires special attention and the right legal team of professionals to make sure your interests are protected.
You need a team experienced in working with the details of how your business operates and who knows which financial experts will be necessary to explain the true valuation of your business assets. Even if you aren't the spouse who owns the business, having an attorney on your side who knows where to look when conducting the financial discovery process during your divorce will be worth it. Having a prepared, experienced legal team on your side will help to ensure you aren't walking away from thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars that may be rightfully yours. You can read more about the questions you should ask your attorney when discussing your options in these cases by clicking here.
Keeping High-Profile Divorces Out of the Public Eye
One of the biggest concerns that our high-profile clients have when they first meet with us is whether or not their divorce and the private details of the breakdown of their marriage will become public knowledge. This is a valid concern, given the media attention given to others in South Carolina, such as the divorces of our former Governor, Mark Sanford, and ex-lawmaker, Chip Limehouse, or even the child custody dramas that seem to play out every so often for former State Treasurer, Thomas Ravenel.
Many of our clients are well known in their industry, in their community, or nationally/internationally, so they have a legitimate need to worry about such coverage of their personal lives. Sometimes their greatest asset which they leverage to support their families, both before and after divorce, is based on their public image and reputation.
Our family law team is experienced in dealing with these cases and will take precautions at every step to ensure that privacy for the family is maintained. We also have years of experience in alternative dispute resolution methods, which can keep your case out of court and sometimes completely off the Family Court docket until it's time to have a final agreement approved by the Court. To read more about why these types of cases are best handled "out of the public eye", click here.
Schedule Your Consultation Today to Discuss Your Case with Our Team
Because we limit our practice exclusively to divorce, child custody, and other family law cases, we bring a premier level of representation to every client and case. If you are facing or going through a high-asset or high-profile divorce or other case involving complex child-related issues, our team of lawyers is here for you.
We have refined our approach to family law cases over the last two decades, and we are ready to put our comprehensive knowledge to work for you on cases involving:
- Asset division
- Real estate and real estate partnerships
- Family-owned businesses
- Corporate interests and partnerships
- Compensation packages and stock options
- Brokerage and investment accounts
- 401(k) and other retirement accounts
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
- Alimony and spousal support
- Child custody, visitation, and child support
Our legal team will do everything we can to help you and your loved ones preserve your financial and emotional well-being throughout your case and for years to come. We will take the necessary time to understand your unique needs, and we will provide guidance and advice in your case to put you in the best possible position to reach your goals.
While the actions we take on your behalf are aimed at prevailing at trial, we also consider which alternative dispute resolution options might be best for your case, which may include settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and/or collaborative processes. Serious cases deserve serious lawyers, and our attorneys are here to assist our clients through these difficult times.