Hinsdale High Net Worth Divorce Attorneys

Involved in a High-Asset Divorce in Hinsdale, IL?

Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially stressful when there are a significant number of assets involved. If you are going through a high-asset divorce in Hinsdale, you will need to carefully consider how to proceed with a divorce.

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we have years of experience handling high-net-worth divorces and understand the complexities of these types of cases. Our firm can help you sort through these decisions and plan for your future.

Contact us today at (630) 318-2111 to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help.


What is a High-Asset Divorce?

A high-asset divorce, also known as a high-net-worth divorce, is a legal dissolution of marriage involving spouses with significant financial resources and assets. These divorces tend to be more complex and contentious than typical divorces due to the substantial wealth and property involved.

Common factors that characterize high-asset divorces include:

  • Substantial Wealth: High-asset divorces involve couples with significant financial resources, typically exceeding a certain threshold, such as several million dollars in combined assets. This wealth may come from various sources, including businesses, investments, real estate, or inherited wealth.
  • Valuation of Assets: Accurately determining the value of assets becomes more complicated when there are extensive holdings, such as multiple properties, businesses, stocks, and retirement accounts. Accurate valuation is crucial to ensure equitable distribution.
  • Complex Property Division: The division of assets in high-asset divorces can be highly complex and contentious. Both parties may have a strong interest in retaining certain assets, such as businesses, valuable art collections, or intellectual property rights.
  • Spousal Support (Alimony): High-earning spouses may be required to pay substantial spousal support (alimony) to their lower-earning partners. Determining the amount and duration of alimony can be a contentious issue in these divorces.
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Many high-asset couples have prenuptial or postnuptial agreements in place to outline asset distribution in case of divorce. The validity and enforceability of these agreements may be disputed during the divorce proceedings.
  • Tax Implications: Complex tax considerations often come into play when dividing high-value assets. Understanding the tax consequences of various asset distribution scenarios is crucial for both parties.
  • Business Interests: When one or both spouses have ownership interests in businesses, the divorce can become even more intricate. Valuing these businesses, determining how they will be divided or whether one spouse will buy out the other, and protecting the company's ongoing operations are common challenges.
  • Hidden Assets: In high-asset divorces, there may be a greater incentive for one spouse to conceal assets to reduce the amount subject to division. Uncovering hidden assets often requires forensic accounting and investigative work.
  • Professional Experts: High-asset divorces frequently involve hiring various experts, including forensic accountants, appraisers, financial analysts, and attorneys specializing in family law or divorce cases. These professionals help assess and protect assets, as well as provide expert testimony during legal proceedings.
  • Lengthy Litigation: Due to the complexity and financial interests involved, high-asset divorces can take longer to resolve than standard divorces. This extended litigation process can increase legal costs and emotional strain.
  • Emotional and Psychological Stress: The emotional toll of a high-asset divorce can be significant. The stakes are high, and the process can be protracted, leading to heightened stress and anxiety for both parties.

Why Choose Us?

Hiring a high-net-worth divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in Hinsdale can be a critical decision when navigating the complexities of a high-asset divorce.

Here are several reasons why you should consider hiring our firm:

  • Expertise in High-Asset Divorces: High-net-worth divorces involve substantial assets, investments, and financial interests that require specialized knowledge and experience. Our experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in dividing significant wealth.
  • Asset Valuation: One of the most challenging aspects of high-asset divorces is accurately valuing all marital assets. We can help you identify, appraise, and protect your assets, ensuring a fair distribution based on their true value.
  • Protection of Your Interests: Our firm will work diligently to protect your financial interests throughout the divorce process. We can negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible settlement, taking into account your short-term and long-term financial goals.
  • Legal Knowledge and Strategy: The legal landscape of divorce can be intricate and constantly changing. A skilled attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. can help you navigate this terrain, ensuring that you adhere to all applicable laws and regulations and employ the best legal strategies to achieve your objectives.
  • Customized Solutions: Every high-asset divorce is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. Our lawyers will provide personalized solutions that consider your specific financial circumstances, including assets, debts, income, and tax implications.
  • Mediation and Negotiation Skills: High-asset divorces often involve complex negotiations. Our experienced attorneys can facilitate constructive discussions, potentially helping you reach an amicable settlement and avoid costly litigation.
  • Asset Protection: We can help safeguard your assets from being unjustly diminished or hidden by your spouse. We can employ legal tools and techniques to ensure transparency and prevent unfair asset dissipation.
  • Tax Implications: High-asset divorces can have significant tax consequences. We can help you understand and plan for these implications, potentially minimizing your tax liability in the division of assets and support payments.
  • Emotional Support: Divorce can be an emotionally taxing process, especially when high-value assets are at stake. Our team can provide valuable emotional support and guidance, helping you make rational decisions amidst a stressful situation.
  • Long-Term Planning: A high-net-worth divorce can have lasting financial repercussions. We can assist in creating a post-divorce financial plan to secure your financial future, including retirement planning, investment strategies, and estate planning.

Call (630) 318-2111 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule an initial consultation with our legal team.


Our Team

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    Founder and Managing Principal
    Jonathan Merel is an experienced attorney who advocates for his clients in all divorce and family law proceedings, including settlement negotiations and trials. Jonathan founded the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in early 2009 after working for many ...
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    Caballero Dunn
    Managing Partner
    To clients, Melissa Caballero Dunn is “the best” and a “rare” family attorney. To our firm, she is the engine that keeps us running a smooth operation. As Managing Partner, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel relies on Melissa to know what's around every ...
  • Katherine  Delgado Photo
    Katherine “Kat” Delgado counsels her family law clients with knowledge and compassion throughout their cases, including during settlement negotiations, in court, and in other adversarial settings throughout litigation. Her goal with every client is to ...
  • Jaclyn  DeSana Photo
    Jackie is a skilled and compassionate attorney who is dedicated to helping her clients navigate difficult situations. Jackie graduated from Wayne State University in 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jackie continued her ...
  • Aurelija  Fitzpatrick Photo
    Aurelija Fitzpatrick believes that a large part of her job is being a problem solver. She also understands that people are often misunderstood. Aurelija has a unique ability to collaborate with family law clients by listening to her client's concerns, ...
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    Bradley R.
    Brad Kaye is a divorce and family law attorney who knows how to win. His clients rave about his preparation and support as their divorce attorney . Brad gives his clients confidence in court, whether it's with a professional athlete, music industry ...
  • Ashley  Margason Photo
    Characterized by her ability to navigate the always diverse circumstances of family law cases, Ashley Margason is a trusted family law attorney with a reputation for extensive knowledge and efficiency. A client’s family law needs are unique. Every case is ...
  • William  McSurley Photo
    William’s demonstrated ability to exploit all aspects of the legal process to his client’s advantage has helped divorce clients avoid costly litigation altogether, or prevail when such conflicts cannot be avoided. William places an emphasis on using his ...
  • Josephine  Norton Photo
    Josie graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology (2013). Josie continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2017), where she was named to the Dean’s List and earned a Certificate in ...
  • Annemarie  Tarara Photo
    Annemarie Tarara is on the cutting edge of LGBTQ+ family law issues such as second-parent adoptions and the dissolution of same-sex marriages, civil unions, & domestic partnerships. She also represents clients in obtaining orders of protection and in ...
  • David  Zwaska Photo
    David Zwaska is an experienced litigator who makes the law digestible for family law clients every step of the way. Sure, Dave has the awards and resume that make him look like a great attorney to hire, including clerking for the Honorable Judge Raul Vega ...
  • Kelsey  Berndt Photo
    Kelsey graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with her Bachelor's in Social Relations & Policy and Women's & Gender Studies, where she found a passion for advocating on the behalf of those in need. Kelsey then attended Penn State Law, receiving ...
  • Marleena  Broekema Photo
    Marleena graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Women’s Studies. Marleena continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2018, where she earned a certificate in ...
  • Jeffrey  Cash Photo
    Jeffrey Cash has focused his practice exclusively in the area of family law since 2014 and has represented individuals in all aspects of family law matters, including divorce , paternity, the allocation of parental responsibilities , parenting time, child ...
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    Mitchell J.
    Mitchell graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. Thereafter, Mitchell attended DePaul University College of Law, graduating in May 2021 with a Certificate in Business Law. While ...
  • Laude  Hartrum IV Photo
    Hartrum IV
    Laude’s approach to family law is both comprehensive and client-centered. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017 and DePaul University College of Law in 2020, Laude was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2021. During law school, Laude ...
  • Cora  Leeuwenburg Photo
    Cora attended Loyola University School of Law and practiced as a 711 student-attorney with the school’s Community Law Clinic where she gained experience as a Guardian ad Litem representing children in court. Cora has always been interested in family law ...
  • Paige  Ryterski Photo
    Born in Rochester, Michigan, Paige obtained her Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in her hometown. By the time she was 21, Paige was finished with college and working as a Paralegal for a Criminal Defense firm in ...
  • Will  Trabaris Photo
    Will is devoted to guiding his clients through the difficult waters of divorce and other family law proceedings. Will knows that this process can be emotionally taxing and complex, so he prides himself on being a steady hand – as well as a clear head – ...
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