Are stock options considered when determining a spousal support award?

This area of the law is unsettled at this time. Only a very few cases have even considered this subject. Some have held that stock options are part of the overall compensation offered to employees, and therefore should be treated the same as any other income. Other cases have held that stock options are not income for spousal support purposes; it is true, however, that those cases involved very limited and specific facts that may not apply to your circumstances. A lawyer is the best person to advise you on this issue.