In a truly high-asset divorce, the predominant story line is obviously about the numbers.
A lawsuit filed earlier this week in Fulton County Superior Court spotlights indigent parents in Georgia who have been jailed or imprisoned for their inability to pay child support. The case challenges the state's assumption that "deadbeat parents" who are locked up because of failure to pay should not be accorded the same right to legal counsel that indigents charged with other crimes have.
American divorce has always included a substantial amount of variance from case to case for how ex-spouses across the country continue to relate post-dissolution, both with each other and together - if at all - with the kids. Many ex-partners, in past years as well as now, keep a firm distance from their ex, seeing their kids only within the contours of a clearly spelled out visitation agreement that specifies their time as opposed to that of their ex-mate. Others are more amicably disposed and flexible and not so worried about the details concerning shared time, child custody and so forth.
The divorce case featuring Credit Suisse Group AG chief executive Brady Dougan and his ex-wife Tomoko Hamada Dougan contains many of the standard elements that one might expect to find in a truly high-asset divorce matter. It also goes far toward demonstrating that a diligent and careful divorce attorney with experience in high-asset dissolutions and relevant contract drafting can make a material difference in the outcome of any future dispute.
In the realm of divorce, lots of considerations potentially pop up. Given the particular dissolution, child custody and support might be a primary concern. Perhaps spousal maintenance is front and center in negotiations between two soon-to-be exes. In a high-asset divorce, property division is obviously of key importance.
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The central facts of the controversy are enough to give virtually any law school student in a choice-of-law class nightmares. Moreover, they point decidedly to the wisdom of securing experienced family law counsel in any instance where a child custody dispute becomes complex and features the competing laws of multiple jurisdictions.