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Handling cryptocurrency in a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | High-Asset Divorce |

Dealing with cryptocurrency during a divorce can add complexity to an already challenging process. Cryptocurrency presents unique issues when it comes to dividing assets between spouses.

Understanding how to navigate the division of cryptocurrency assets helps ensure a fair and equitable settlement.

Identifying cryptocurrency holdings

The first step in handling cryptocurrency in a divorce is identifying and valuing the assets. Cryptocurrency holdings may not be immediately apparent. Sometimes, these assets are in digital wallets or exchanges under one spouse’s name. Documenting all cryptocurrency holdings is necessary for accurately assessing the marital estate.

Valuing cryptocurrency assets

After identifying cryptocurrency holdings, the next step is valuing them. Cryptocurrency prices can be volatile. This can make it challenging to determine their worth. Using reputable cryptocurrency exchanges can help spouses arrive at a fair valuation of these assets. So, too, can working with financial professionals.

Considering tax implications

Cryptocurrency transactions may have tax implications. Capital gains taxes and other tax liabilities associated with cryptocurrency holdings should undergo consideration when dividing assets. Consulting with tax professionals can help spouses navigate these complexities. It can also help them reduce tax obligations.

Determining ownership and distribution

Deciding how to divide cryptocurrency assets requires careful consideration of ownership and contribution. If one spouse acquired the cryptocurrency before the marriage or through separate means, it may be separate property. However, cryptocurrency acquired during the marriage may be subject to division as marital property.

Handling cryptocurrency in a divorce requires careful attention to detail. It also warrants an understanding of its characteristics. By working through these issues, divorcing couples can navigate the complexities of cryptocurrency and reach an agreeable settlement.