All family law cases are different, but some are more unique than others – particularly those involving high profile parties and/or high assets. Our senior partner, J. Benjamin Stevens, handles these types of cases, including divorce and child custody cases for celebrities, professional athletes, entertainers, local and international business executives, and their spouses and partners.
If you or your loved ones have cases that involve high income, high asset issues, it is extremely important to retain an experienced family law attorney to handle your case. Mr. Stevens is one of a very select few attorneys in South Carolina who are Fellows in the highly prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He has held many prestigious positions within the AAML and currently is serving a three-year term as a Vice President.
International Issues in High Asset and High Profile Divorce Cases:
High asset and high-income divorces, particularly if they involve international property issues, add another layer of complexity to what can already be an immensely difficult transitional time for families. Privacy, asset identification and valuation, discovery, support, and custody-related issues are particularly nuanced in these types of cases. We have years of experience in providing counsel and advocacy in cases involving professional athletes, entertainers, international and local business executives, their spouses and partners. Ben Stevens is also a Fellow in the International Acadamy of Family Lawyers (IAML) which recognizes his history of cases involving these unique international issues, but also affords him access to a global network of family law attorneys to assist his clients with any related issues arising from your divorce and custody cases which may need to be addressed in a foreign court or jurisdiction.
Business Owners Who Divorce Need Experienced Counsel on Their Side:
While most people contemplating divorce know that the family court will have jurisdiction to equitably divide the marital property, what surprises most people is that small businesses (and large ones, too) are also subject to equitable division. Dividing a business in a divorce requires special attention and an experienced legal team of professionals to make sure your interests are protected.
You need a team experienced in working with the details of how your business operates and who knows which financial experts will be necessary to explain the true valuation of your business assets. Even if you aren’t the spouse who owns the business, having a divorce attorney on your side who knows where to look when conducting the financial discovery process during your divorce will be worth it. Having a prepared, experienced legal team on your side will help to ensure you aren’t walking away from thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars that may be rightfully yours.
Keeping High Profile Divorces Out of the Public Eye:
One of the biggest concerns our high profile clients have when they first meet with us is whether or not their divorce and the private details of the break down of their marriage will become public knowledge. It’s a very valid concern given all that’s been printed in South Carolina newspapers concerning divorces of high profile people such as our former Governor, Mark Sanford or ex-lawmaker, Chip Limehouse, or even the child custody dramas that play out every few months for another South Carolina politician and former State Treasurer, Thomas Ravenel. Most our of clients who are well known either in their industry, in their communities, or even nationally and internationally, have a legitimate need to worry about such coverage of their personal life. Sometimes their greatest asset which the leverage to support their families, both before and after divorce, is based on their public image and reputation.
Our firm is experienced in dealing with these cases and will take precautions at every step to ensure that privacy for the family is maintained. We also have years of experience in alternative dispute resolution methods which will keep your case outside of the family court and sometimes, completely off the family court docket, until it’s time to have a final settlement approved by the Court.
Schedule Your Consultation Today to Discuss Your Case with Our Team:
Because we limit our practice exclusively to divorce, child custody, and other family law cases, we bring a premier level of representation to every client and case. If you are facing or going through a high asset or high profile divorce or other a case involving complex child-related issues, our team of lawyers is here for you.
We have refined our approach to family law cases over the last two decades, and we are ready to put our comprehensive knowledge to work for you on cases involving:
- Asset division
- Real estate and real estate partnerships
- Family-owned businesses
- Corporate interests and partnerships
- Compensation packages and stock options
- Brokerage and investment accounts
- 401(k) and other retirement accounts
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
- Alimony and spousal support
- Child custody, visitation, and child support
Our legal team will do everything we can to help you and your loved ones preserve your financial and emotional well-being throughout your case and for years to come. We will take the necessary time to understand your unique needs, and we will provide guidance and advice in your case to put you in the best possible position to reach your goals.
While the actions we take on your behalf are aimed at prevailing at trial, we also consider which alternative dispute resolution options might be best for your case, which may include settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and/or collaborative process. Serious cases deserve serious lawyers, and our attorneys are here to assist our clients through these difficult times.