COVID-19 OFFICE UPDATE
 
Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC is here for you during this difficult time by continuing to remain open and fully functioning. Whether you’re having a family law, protective order, criminal law or traffic defense related issue, our attorneys are available for phone or video consultations to meet your needs. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 703-763-2645 or contact us through our website and we will respond promptly.

The Gates’ divorce: What we learn about a high-asset divorce

Even when it is mutually agreed to, ending a marriage is not an easy life event to go through. It is often heavy with emotions, and when a couple has much wealth, it can be especially challenging to sort through each and everything. A high-asset divorce can involve many complex and multi-faceted decisions, as a recent divorce filing illustrates.

Gates’ divorce filing

After 27 year of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates filed for divorce. While this news is shocking for the general public, it is also a situation that highlights the complexities of financial and property distribution in a high-asset divorce. It further showcases the value a financial advisor has in the matter.

Following the announcement of their split, many questioned how the couple’s division of business assets could have implications for the technology industry. While the details of the matter remain highly private, it was determined that both plan to remain co-chairs and trustees for the Bill & Miranda Gates Foundation.

High-asset divorce and property division

This divorce mark one of the highest value of assets divided by a couple. It is estimated that the pair will have to split $146 billion. This split falls just behind the divorce of Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott. Both of these high-asset divorces can provide insights for financial advisors, as one does not need to be dealing with a highly publicized or billionaire divorce to utilize a financial advisor or make critical financial decisions during a divorce. This can include legacy planning, retirement, diverse portfolio, business assets, real estate holdings and other similar assets.

While one does not need to be a billionaire to experience to complexities of a wealthy divorce, this publicized divorce can help other divorcing couples understand the wide range of assets that need to be listed and addressed during the divorce process. Thus, it is imperative that a divorcing spouse considers this and other financial issues that may come up. This not only ensures that the matter is properly addressed but also helps one protect his or her rights and interests in the matter.