If you have an investment portfolio like many other Utah residents, you more than likely carefully grew it and took calculated risks during your marriage with the intention of it providing benefits to you and your spouse. Now that you are in the process of getting a divorce, dividing those investments could prove more risky than making them. Finding a fair and equitable way to divide these particular assets could be a challenge.
This is in part because the value of your investments is not constant. Furthermore, if you have stocks, their value is only set when they are sold. Until you exercise your stock options, their value is only theoretical. Fluctuations in the market make it difficult to pinpoint a value that can be divided in your divorce.
Once all of your investments are gathered and you understand how they work, they will need to be valued. Making any decisions without first consulting an attorney or financial adviser could result in consequences that might not be known in the foreseeable future. To help avoid jeopardizing your financial future as it pertains to your investments, it might be beneficial to consult with an attorney who is familiar with dividing them and your other assets.
Having the appropriate representation during a Utah divorce is essential regardless of whether you and your spouse agree to negotiate your own settlement or are headed for the courtroom. Each of you wants to be treated fairly and have enough financial resources to support yourself in both the short term and the long term. Attempting to go through the process alone could be more risky than investing in the stock market.