Longtime readers may recall that the Family Advocate produced an issue on “Perks and Fringe Benefits” in 2001. Since that issue, there has been an astonishing proliferation in the types of noncash or nonwage compensation and benefits offered by employers. In past years, “fringe” benefits usually represented only a small, auxiliary component of overall compensation. By contrast, in the present tax and corporate climate, stock-based compensation and other forms of incentive compensation often have the potential to have values that equal or exceed wages. For family law practitioners, that means there may be a growing array of benefits or entitlements that have some potential value or utility to one or the other of the participants in a divorce, child support, or other family law proceeding.
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