Divorce is stressful. Key issues revolve around money and children. Fair asset division can be particularly stressful in a high net-worth divorce. In a low-asset divorce, both parties have a pretty good idea of their assets, and often, they can settle differences amicably if both parties are willing to be fair.
High-asset divorce, on the other hand, can be unbelievably complex. Assets transform into stocks, bonds, art, jewelry, annuities, insurance, cash, and multiple checking and savings accounts, and they can flow through a complicated series of businesses until it seems the first company swallows the tail of the last company. Generally speaking, one spouse usually maintains financial knowledge and control while the other spouse trusts that information he or she receives is the real financial picture of the couple.