In a dissolution of marriage action, the court is required to identify all the marital assets and to establish the value for those marital assets.
Stock is just one example of what might be considered a marital asset in a divorce case. Stocks which are traded routinely on an exchange have a value that is easily determined. What do you do however when you are dealing with stock in a privately held company, or stocks commonly referred to as penny stocks? How do you go to go about valuing these types of stocks?
Bring your valuation experts to court, and present their full testimony. For certain, a trial judge should not make a finding of value until all the evidence has been presented to the court regarding valuation. Additionally, if both parties to the proceeding offer evidence of differing valuations, it is not appropriate for a court to take an average of the two conflicting valuations in order to assign a value to the stock.