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Key considerations for child custody in high-asset divorces

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Civil Litigation

Divorce can become especially complex when significant assets are involved. Child custody presents one of the most challenging aspects of a high net-worth divorce.

Both parents often feel strong attachments to their children and want to secure their best interests.

Maintaining lifestyle and stability

In a high-asset divorce, it is important that children maintain a lifestyle similar to what they are accustomed to. Parents with substantial assets must consider how to continue providing a stable environment.

For example, keeping children in the same school and community can help ease the transition. Divorcing parents must also discuss and plan to maintain their children’s educational and extracurricular activities.

Custody schedules and visitation

Arranging an appropriate custody schedule becomes another important step. In high net-worth divorces, parents may lead busy lives or live far apart, so they need a practical custody plan. The schedule should include clear guidelines on visitation days, holidays and vacations. Both parties should find ways to be flexible and open to adjustments that benefit their children.

Parental cooperation and communication

Cooperation and communication between parents are necessary for effective co-parenting. Wealthy families often have numerous responsibilities, and differences in parenting styles can cause disagreements. Parents should work on communicating effectively to reduce conflicts, especially in front of their children.

Mediation or counseling might help address parenting concerns in a more structured manner.

Trusts and financial planning

Wealthy parents frequently consider setting up trusts or other financial vehicles to ensure future financial support for their children. Such measures guarantee that the children will continue to have access to educational funds and other necessary resources. The divorce settlement should outline how to manage assets in these trusts and who will oversee them.

Child support guidelines

Standard child support guidelines may not apply in high-asset divorces. Judges often assess each parent’s total financial situation to decide on an appropriate child support amount. Factors like housing, education and healthcare costs may significantly affect the final calculation. The courts will focus on keeping the children’s quality of life similar to what they had before the divorce.

High net-worth divorces bring unique challenges regarding child custody arrangements. While navigating the custody process may be stressful, addressing these considerations early can result in the best possible outcome for the children involved.