Challenges That Come With High-Net-Worth Divorces

by McConnell Family Law

High Net Worth Divorce Challenges

In this blog, we are turning the spotlight on our New Haven office, which stands as one of the five strategically placed locations for our firm. At McConnell Family Law Group, our New Haven high-net-worth divorce lawyers strive to deliver positive outcomes for all our clients. Contact us today at (203) 344-7762 to schedule a consultation.

Division of property

Like many other states, Connecticut follows the equitable distribution approach to dividing marital assets and income, often referred to as the “marital estate.”

Under Connecticut law, the court may consider many factors in dividing the marital estate, including, but not limited to:

  • The amount and sources of income of each spouse
  • Earning potential of each spouse following the divorce
  • The length of the marriage
  • Whether there are children
  • Whether a spouse left the workforce to raise children
  • The ages of the spouses
  • The health of the spouses
  • The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, maintenance, and appreciation of marital assets

Tools for high-net-worth divorces

It is often necessary and quite common to retain outside experts in high-net-worth divorces.  For example, a forensic accountant may be needed to account for variable and independent income streams.  The accountant may also be called upon to value specific assets such as a closely held business, or the potential future income related to carried interest holdings and/or equity interests.  The accountant or other financial professional may also be needed to perform valuations and formulate recommendations regarding possible division scenarios for pensions, retirement accounts, deferred compensation, and restricted stock options.  Other experts may be called upon to appraise real estate, jewelry, precious metals, antiques, art, automobiles, and the like. 

As with any case, a child psychologist and/or mental health professional may be retained to assist with parenting and custody-related issues. 

At McConnell Family Law Group, we routinely work with experts across a spectrum of professions.  We have a “Team-100” list of referral sources that we rely upon to assist our clients.  Through our involvement in high net-worth divorce cases, we have found that many high-net-worth divorces involve more litigation than is warranted.  We try to avoid litigation to the maximum extent that we are able, but we also know that being excellent and respected trial lawyers leads to favorable settlements.  As Attorney McConnell’s former boss, General James Mattis, once said in describing his Marines – “no better friend, no worse enemy.”  We believe this maxim is applicable to the way we practice matrimonial law.

Adjusting to a new life

If your spouse makes a lot of money, you might have grown accustomed to a certain standard of living. You likely will lose access to this high and steady stream of income once your divorce becomes final.

High-net-worth divorces can be even more challenging for those who are trying to raise children. Before the divorce, you might have been a stay-at-home parent. Some wealthier families have nannies to help them raise their children. After the divorce, the custody arrangement may dictate that you will be raising the children essentially on your own. This would likely entitle you to child support under provisions of Connecticut Family Law, but you still may have to re-enter the workforce if you have not been employed. Our experienced attorneys at McConnell Family Law Group will work hard to get you the necessary support–in the form of alimony and/or child support–to make this transition easier for you and your children.

At McConnell Family Law Group, we strive to help each family in “Finding Peace Through Strength.” Take the first step now and contact us at (203) 344-7762. Or visit us at

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