Are my investments protected during a high net worth divorce?
It depends on what you mean by “protected.” You certainly can’t insulate investments from equitable distribution during divorce. Some of our clients wrongly think that property is marital only if both spouse’s names appear on the investment account. However, what matters for purpose of dividing marital property in Ohio is when you obtained the asset. A court will look past who opened the account or whose money went into the investments.
If you opened investment accounts before getting married, then those are your separate property. But if you opened the accounts after marriage, then they are marital property, which must be divided before you can divorce.