Divorce can be a whole different animal for startup founders

By |2022-04-04T18:55:46+00:0028 Apr 2017|Categories: Family Law|


Both Silicon Valley and California in general enjoy a large number of individuals working in startup companies in technology and innovation. While not everyone who founds a startup will see a great windfall, many do. This can make divorce exceptionally complex. If you are considering divorcing in California and a startup is in the equation, you need very specific, experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and ensure a fair settlement.

California maintains some laws that make dividing marital property difficult and frustrating — especially when the assets you and your spouse are dividing are complex, such as stock in a company. Under state law, the assets a person acquires prior to marriage are separate, but most assets one acquires during a marriage must be split equally.

This can make divorce a very expensive proposition if your financial situation changed significantly while your were married. You may also find that some assets that you owned prior to marriage changed in nature or value during the marriage in such a way that your spouse believes that he or she deserves a portion of their value. Furthermore, when it comes to technology startups, many assets a person may possess are quite intangible, such as intellectual property. Arriving at a fair division of assets when some of the assets are as intangible as business secrets requires very careful guidance.

If you are facing divorce and believe that the process may be a complicated one, you should not wait to secure sound legal counsel. Otherwise, you could become caught in a protracted, expensive process that keeps you from moving froward and creating a fresh start.

With proper guidance from an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that your divorce will be fair and professional, while keeping your rights and future secure.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Why Silicon Valley divorces can be especially pricey splits,” Gina Hall, April 20, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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