You or your spouse may be an employee who receives employee stock options or stock shares from the employer.  At the time of the divorce, some may be vested and some may be unvested.  You may be wondering what, if any, role those benefits play in your divorce.  You should know that those benefits are to be considered for alimony and/or equitable distribution purposes.

Typically, stock options and shares which have accumulated, even if they are not yet vested, are considered an asset and subject to be shared with the other spouse just like any other asset (such as a savings account, CD or investment account).

Usually stock options or shares received in the future are deemed to be a part of the employment package and eligible to be considered for alimony purposes.  The spouse who receives the stock options may have the value of the stock added to their income.

Since stock options and stock shares are considered in a divorce for alimony and/or equitable distribution purposes, contact a knowledgeable attorney at Iandoli & Edens, LLC at (908) 879-9499 to find out how this will affect you.  Click here to log on to for more information.