High-Asset Divorce

Experience in Complex Property Division

Dividing the marital estate is always contentious and more so when there are legitimate disputes about the value of large assets and whether they are separately owned or subject to distribution.

The Dohner Law Firm has substantial experience in all facets of high-asset divorce, from business valuations and dividing retirement portfolios to tax planning and asset protection strategies. Serving Akron, Summit County, and northeastern Ohio, Attorney Dohner has represented professionals, executives, business owners, and other high net-worth individuals.

Solutions and Trial Advocacy in High-Asset Divorce

Attorney John Dohner has practiced divorce law for over 25 years. He has bartered settlement agreements in multimillion-dollar estates, litigated the most complex issues in property division, and solved deadlocks through arbitration. He can represent the high-income breadwinner or the stay-at-home spouse.

The presumption under Ohio law is that each party has made an equal contribution to the amassing of wealth, and thus, assets accumulated during marriage may be subject to equal distribution in divorce. The exceptions are separate property, such as property brought into marriage, gifts to just one party, or an inheritance by one spouse.

Attorney Dohner is familiar with the common sticking points in high-asset divorce:

  • Valuation of a closely held business
  • Value of a professional practice or professional license
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) to divide pensions, 401(k), IRAs, and other retirement funds
  • Rental properties, stocks, and other investments
  • Second homes, antiques, art, and high-value personal possessions
  • Hidden assets or transfers to family members
  • Prenuptial agreements

We work closely with property appraisers, forensic accountants, and other expert witnesses as necessary to identify jointly held assets and determine accurate values. Attorney Dohner is adept at negotiating trade-offs in high-asset divorces, particularly compensation in lieu of selling a business or liquidating its assets.

John M. Dohner is certified by the Ohio Bar as a Family Relations Specialist and is a Certified Family Law Arbitrator. He is also a trusted friend to clients and an honest advocate distinguished for the high moral and ethical standards he brings to his work. Arrange a consultation today, including after hours or weekends by appointment.