What happens with stock and bonds during a high net worth divorce?
Stocks and bonds are analyzed just like any other piece of property. First, you need to determine whether it is marital property or separate property. Generally, separate property is what you obtained before getting married, and marital property is anything you obtained while married.
Remember, it doesn’t matter whose name is on the stock certificate or who owns the investment account. If you obtained the assets while married, then they are typically marital property and are thrown in the pot with all other assets, such as your home, vehicles, etc. A judge will then decide how much of the marital property each spouse should get.