Deferred Compensation in Divorce
Guiding You Through Every Aspect of Asset Division
According to California Civil Code Section 4800, community property should be divided equally in a California divorce. Community property includes the "earnings and accumulations" that are obtained over the course of the marriage. When considering this definition, many people do not think about the "earnings and accumulations" or retirement assets that are constituted by deferred compensation assets.
At the Bez Law Firm, P.C., our Sacramento attorneys have many years of experience in advocating for couples facing marriage dissolution in Northern California. Complex property division can be a challenge, but our firm provides helpful counsel and perceptive advocacy so you can have total peace of mind. We don't leave anything out. When it comes to your future after a divorce, our goal is to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
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What Is Deferred Compensation?
Many businesses (those particularly in the competitive and thriving Bay Area/Silicon Valley) offer unique assets in order to attract and retain top employees. These assets may include deferred compensation.
Some examples of assets that may be defined as "deferred compensation" include:
- Railroad Retirement
- Profit sharing plans
- Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)
- Profit thrift plans
- Workers' compensation benefits
- Restricted stock units (RSUs)
- Tiered salaries
- Keogh (HR-10) plans
- Money-purchase plans
- Stock options
- Target benefit plans
- "Play or pay" contracts
- Structured bonuses
- Built-up vacation / sick pay
How the Bez Law Firm, P.C. Can Help
Deferred income could substantiate a large portion of your marital estate. Whether or not these accounts are subject to division in a divorce will depend largely on how these assets were structured and promised.
Valuating deferred compensation such as stock options can be extremely difficult and sensitive. If you anticipate deferred compensation playing a role in your marital property division, then you should waste no time in retaining the experience and professionalism of an elite divorce attorney.
Our team at the Bez Law Firm, P.C. is more than capable of handling these challenging cases, including complex property division and high asset divorces. We have the experience and sophistication you need, along with access to experts and resources in order to fully protect your rights and obtain a fair outcome. We urge you to call our lawyers today for more information.
Call Our Placer County Law Firm Today for a Consultation
Contact the Bez Law Firm, P.C. online or call us at (916) 512-8944 to arrange a consultation. We are proud to serve clients in Sacramento and throughout Placer County, including Roseville and Rocklin.