People with high-income or high-profile employment frequently receive stock options as part of their compensation from their company. Distributing these assets in a divorce matter can be complex without the correct guidance. For example, the stock options need to be evaluated to identify the grant date investing schedule to determine which assets are subject to equitable distribution.
In your divorce, your settlement agreement may include a constructive trust to address the tax effects of your stock option distribution. The trust can also safeguard all post-judgment options while still protecting your pre-distribution interests and rights. Again, it is recommended that you discuss your options with your financial professional and your divorce professional to ensure fair and accurate evaluation of these assets.
Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group in New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.