Dividing Stock Options in Divorce

An employee stock option (ESOP) is the privilege some employees are given to buy shares in the company below market value. The idea is to reward employees for remaining at the company until the stock price vests. Provided the stock’s share value grows over time, stock options, or ESOP is an attractive employee benefit.

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But what happens to this benefit in a divorce? Who gets the proceeds? How are they divided? Are the ESOPs classed as deferred compensation, as compensation for current efforts, or compensation for future work and retention?

Put Wayne Ward’s Experience In Financials To Work For You

Dividing ESOPs, and other valuable assets in divorce is a tricky business that not every family law attorney is prepared to handle. At the Law Office of V. Wayne Ward, I have extensive experience with ESOPs, have more than 30 years of legal experience and also hold an MBA. Speak with me to learn how I am skilled at factoring ESOP income into calculations for proper levels of child support.

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Discuss Your Stock Division Concerns With Me, Lawyer Wayne Ward

Are you concerned about ESOP division in your divorce? Look to a certified expert in family law for an acceptable solution: me, divorce attorney Wayne Ward. I will meet with you firsthand to learn more about your complex property division issues.

To schedule a consultation, call my Tarrant County law firm at 817-789-4436. Alternatively, write to me using this convenient form.

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