Divorce And Division Of Stock Options And Restricted Stock Units: Identifying, Classifying And Valuing Options And RSUs For Equitable Distribution And/Or Income Availability

Webinar: ID# 1026214
Recorded CD or On-Demand
About This Course:
This CLE webinar will prepare family law practitioners and financial experts to better represent litigants in identifying, classifying and valuing stock options and restricted stock units (RSUs) for purposes of both equitable distribution and income availability upon divorce or in the context of post-judgment modification.

Addressing stock option issues in a divorce setting often challenges divorce counsel to identify aspects of the option as vested or unvested, the option’s express terms, and whether the option is the result of marital effort, awarded for work performed that can be linked to the efforts of both spouses during the marriage.

The attorney and financial expert must determine whether a particular stock option can be characterized as a marital asset or income in the context of a divorce or post-judgment litigation. Once such a determination is made, the practitioner should be fully versed in the valuation of that stock option.

Such specified valuation provides the practitioner with even more challenges as several different valuation methods exist, all of which may be applied depending on the particular facts and circumstances presented.

Listen as our panel, comprised of a family law attorney and a financial expert, discusses and explains the different types of stock options and RSUs, the identification, consideration and distribution of these stock options and RSUs in the matrimonial context, and the appropriate valuation methods for such stock options in the divorce and post-divorce context. The panel will identify gray areas where specific attention to the details surrounding the nature and purpose of the stock option need to be carefully analyzed in order to avoid inappropriate distribution or inaccurate assumptions regarding pre-marital, marital or post-marital assets and income.

Course Outline
  • Accounting/tax issues
    • Overview of employee stock options
      • ISO vs. NQSOs
      • RSUs
      • Tax implications
    • Valuation issues
      • Intrinsic value
      • Mathematically derived values
    • Matrimonial/legal issues
      • Case law history
      • Deferred distribution methods
      • Present valuation with offset
      • Value used for support
      • Defining if an option is subject to distribution
      • Recent developments
    • Case law
    • Distribution (two-step process)
      • Determine the “marital portion” subject to equitable distribution
        • Distribute vested options only
        • Present evidence of why options were awarded in order to determine if earned income “during the marriage” or “through marital efforts”
        • Coverture fraction/time rule
      • Method of distribution of “marital portion”
        • Valuation and offset
      • Intrinsic value
      • Black-Scholes method of valuation
        • In-kind distribution
        • Transfer of title
        • Trust device
    • Stock options as income for support
      • Previously distributed options
      • Existing, but undistributed options
      • Projection of future income from past awards
    • Other issues to consider
      • Options to be expensed by corporations
      • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
      • Revenue Ruling 2002-22

The panel will review these and other key issues:
  • What is the difference between a vested and unvested stock option?
  • How are different stock options identified?
  • What “time rules” are used in various venues?
  • What different valuation methods can be applied to value a stock option, and under what specific circumstances should the different valuation methods be applied?
  • When should stock options be considered as marital assets subject to equitable distribution, and under what circumstances can and/or should stock options be considered income?
  • How does one equitably distribute a stock option?
  • What challenges do RSUs present that are different than stock options?
How To Access Course And Materials

Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you one day prior to the event via email from the presenter. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

If you order a recorded version of the webinar, CDs will be mailed out approximately 10 days after the live event. Shipping is included in the price of recorded versions.

Continuing Education Credits Available

This program has been approved for 2.0 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event (recorded versions do not qualify for credit), return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person.

Strafford will mail a certificate of credit within approximately two weeks of receiving your completed Official Record of Attendance, provided all required conditions have been satisfied.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.
Divorce And Division Of Stock Options And Restricted Stock Units: Identifying, Classifying And Valuing Options And RSUs For Equitable Distribution And/Or Income Availability
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