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Oregon High-Asset Divorce

When high-profile and wealthy marriages are dissolved, it becomes much like dissolving a business. Only lawyers who have experience in dealing with such cases can deal with them in a sophisticated way to complete a high-asset divorce smoothly.

In some cases, there is an inequitable balance of the sophistication of the parties or a complete lack of understanding of what assets there are. Arnold Law specializes in putting every piece of such puzzles in place. Our attorneys have expertise in tracking the roots of assets around the world, following money and estimating the real value of assets. Arnold Law also has knowledge and experience in organizing buyouts of closely-held corporations in a way that does not interrupt productivity or income streams.

To dissolve a marriage which involves putting into place complex assets like retirement accounts, cash-based income, closely-held corporations, you need to ensure that the attorney you are in touch with should be well experienced with such voluminous bank transactions and records. These are sensitive issues and need mature dealing. Keen attention to detail and an eye for inconsistencies in the bank records forms the basis of such dealings. The attorneys at Arnold Law have substantial experience in litigating complex asset divorce cases as well as complex commercial litigation in Oregon.

Commonly hidden or forgotten assets include the following:

  • Frequent flyer mileage: usually there’s a monthly accounting of these. To obtain a value, contact the airline to see what destination you can purchase and compare that to values you can book independently online.
  • Security deposits (e.g., utilities, car lease)
  • Bond or deposit for country club
  • Unused vacation, sick leave
  • Patents, copyrights, royalties
  • Income tax capital loss carry-forwards
  • Income tax charitable contribution carry-forwards
  • Marketable government licenses (radio licenses, rafting/river licenses, commercial fishing quotas)
  • Hobby or other collections
  • Affiliation “rewards” programs (e.g., points or discounts for credit card use)
  • Entertainment tickets, season ticket options
  • Business vehicle for personal use
  • Prepaid rent, leases, subscriptions
  • Burial plots
  • Prepaid rent, leases, subscriptions
  • Tort, worker’s comp claims, particularly if they involve lost wages
  • Hangar lease (for aircraft)
  • Hotel or credit card points
  • Cash and precious metals (gold and silver)
  • “Hidden value” items – rare items of personal property (e.g., antiques), rare pets, collectibles
  • Options to purchase property
  • Unpaid commissions on deals set to close
  • Referral fees (e.g., for personal injury lawyers): when divorcing a lawyer, take a look at the books to see who your spouse usually refers cases to and then subpoena records from that attorney and depose them.
  • Car insurance prepaid
  • Taxes prepaid

Source: Georgia Family Law Blog, “Your spouse’s hidden assets

Military Benefits

For dissolving a marriage which involves parties from a military background, you need to hire an attorney who has enough experience in this area. Relevant experience is fundamental here because when the language in a judgment is improper, the division of a military retirement could be unenforceable. Additionally, there are several unique avenues to acquire information relevant to the dissolution.

If you or anyone you know in Eugene or throughout the Willamette Valley needs the assistance of an experienced divorce lawyer, contact the attorneys at Arnold Law Office today at 541-338-9111. The attorneys at Arnold Law Firm have a storehouse of handy information, including that of managing partner Jacy Arnold, who was recently rated one of the best Oregon’s best lawyers under the age of 40.

Settlement vs. Trial

The attorneys at Arnold Law Firm believe that the best settlement for a divorce client is a result that can keep him/her happy throughout their life. Because our entire firm deals with trials in court, they have firsthand experience about what can be the possible outcomes of a case. It becomes important for a client to question any lawyer before hiring about the number of monthly trial cases he/she has dealt with. To foresee or estimate what can possibly happen in the courtroom, prior relevant experience is mandatory.

All the divorce cases in Oregon are different. However, our experience has enabled us to get an insight into what Lane County judges and other Oregon courts do in a case like yours, because we’ve tried many cases. Consequently, we know the likely outcomes of your situation if your dissolution case goes to trial in Lane County.
Arnold Law Office’s managing partner, Jacy Arnold, was rated one of the best Oregon family law lawyers under the age of 40. [Click here to meet our legal team.]

Oregon Spousal Support: Will I receive or have to pay it?

There is no specific set of statutory guidelines for spousal support amounts in Oregon, but there are different types of spousal support allowable. The case law generally provides the appropriate guidelines to support certain circumstances. Spousal support allowances vary quite a bit among the different Lane County judges. The attorneys at Arnold Law deal with the trials of many Oregon divorce cases in Oregon, so they can adequately advice you on the benefits and risks of settling and litigating issues with your spouse.

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    Custody - Alienation by Mother

    Mother filed false stalking order against father. We won custody for father by showing that mother was making false accusations to gain advantage in the custody case.

    Hidden Asset Divorce - Tracking down values of foreign corporations

    Jacy Arnold represented wife. Discovery from husband appeared to be missing many documents and assets. Motions to compel were granted and Jacy was able to track down foreign corporations hidden by husband, stretching from the Netherlands to southeast Asia. Result: Substantial financial settlement was obtained for client.

    Father’s Rights—Parental Alienation with a Bumpy Past

    Obtained custody for Father after Mother filed a frivolous restraining order against Father and absconded with the children from Oregon to prevent Father from having contact with the children. Of special importance in this case was Mother and Father’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Father had completed his probation and treatment, and had achieved many months of sobriety. We were able to show the court through multiple hearings that he had been rehabilitated, had prepared to be the primary parent and was acting in the children’s best interests by seeking custody. We were able to get the restraining order dismissed, safely retrieve the children and return them to Oregon, and obtained orders to both safeguard Father’s relationship with the children and protect the family from future drug use and domestic violence.

    Father’s Rights—Abusive Wife Flees with baby

    Obtained custody for Husband and a safety focused parenting plan restricting Wife’s access after Wife disappeared from the marital home with the parties’ one-year old child. Wife had a history of drug and alcohol use, and had previously physically abused both Husband and the child. Ms. Gardner helped Father obtain emergency custody of the child under the Immediate Danger statute, located the child, and coordinated with law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services to safely bring the child home.

    Father flees with children to Oregon—conflicting jurisdiction

    In a contentious California divorce, Husband took the children for a short visit and then fled in secret with the children to Oregon, where he filed for divorce and custody of the children despite a pending divorce case in California and previous orders from the California court granting mother physical possession of the children while the case was pending due to past abuse by Husband against Wife. We helped the frantic Wife safely retrieve the children, and convinced the Oregon court after multiple days in trial to stay the custody proceeding in Oregon pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), allowing the California case to proceed. Wife returned to California safely with the children.

    Special Needs Parenting Time

    The years of physical and verbal abuse against Mother by Father adversely impacted the parties’ high functioning special needs child, who as a teenager began to exhibit alarming violent and sexualized behaviors at school as well as regression in communication and hygiene when Father sought to enforce his parenting time after an absence of several years. At trial, Father disputed the child’s diagnosis and blamed Mother for the child’s sexualized behavior. With the support and information provided by the child’s school teachers, therapists, community support group and friends called by Arnold Law to testify at trial, the Court crafted a child-centric parenting plan for the benefit of this troubled teen and ended Father’s cyclical aggressive contact with the child.