The first thing a financially naive spouse needs to do is hire a family law lawyer, such as myself or Laura that's experienced in high-net-worth divorces. Then the person needs to communicate openly and honestly with his or her lawyer regarding his or her needs and expectations. And then heed the lawyer's advice when it comes to discovery and/or settlement negotiations.
Sean Sullivan is a family lawyer practicing in the Elmhurst, Illinois area at the law offices of Laura M Urbik Kern, specializing in child custody and dissolution in divorce. Visit his website, www.laurakern.com, and Divorce Magazine profile.