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Navigating Divorce with Non-Traditional and/or Diverse Income Streams

At JulianJohnson, P.C., we pride ourselves on our ability to resolve difficult family law matters with genuine care and integrity.

Divorce is complex as it is, but when you and/or your spouse have a diverse income stream, non-traditional income, or both, it can become much more complicated.

Non-traditional income streams are forms of income that are not derived from a traditional job or salary for which you have a W2.

This is especially common for high-net-worth individuals. For example, many executives make more from their stock options than from their take-home pay, and most have bonuses and/or commissions throughout the year.

You might own a number of rental properties with your spouse, or you may have started a number of businesses over the years from which you continue to draw income.

Perhaps you receive royalties from some creative work you have done (books, movies, music), or perhaps you have a number of patents from which you receive royalties.

Dividends from stocks, pensions, trust funds, online businesses, and even social media accounts — these all add up.

It is critical, if you have these non-traditional streams of income, to understand how they will be affected by divorce.
What Does Divorce Look Like When You Have Non-Traditional Income Streams?

When you have non-traditional income streams, the divorce process is a bit more complicated.

The biggest challenge is determining how much these diverse income sources are really worth.

For example, if a couple has a social media account from which they receive “influencer” income, how much is that account worth? If the account has both spouses as active participants, will it retain value after the divorce?

A stock or bond can be easily valued, but what about a patent? How much is a patent going to be worth in the future? Or will it be worth anything at all as technology progresses?

Even something “simple” like commissions for high-net-worth salespeople can be hard to value as they can fluctuate so much throughout the year.

In most cases, you will need to bring in a team of experts who specialize in each asset or income stream. They can determine how much the assets or income streams are worth, what they are likely to be worth in the future, and what an “equitable” split might look like.

Splitting assets might make them worthless, and there might be significant tax implications to splitting an asset. It is critical that you bring in a team of experienced experts who will ensure you retain as much of your asset’s value as possible.

Another challenge is determining income. This is especially true if the non-traditional income streams are not stable or reliable. For example, income from an online store can have massive fluctuations from one month to the next — and one year to the next.

Determining what that income really is will affect alimony and/or child support — another reason to ensure you have a great team on your side.
Understanding The Tax Implications of Non-Traditional Income Streams

Non-traditional income streams can be taxed very differently compared to traditional income from an employer, and if the source of the income is liquidated or split, then you might owe taxes based on the conversion of the asset to cash or the splitting of the asset.

Additionally, the taxation of investments, pensions, annuities, and other non-traditional income streams can vary from state to state.

An experienced tax professional will help you avoid the worst potential tax outcomes if liquidation or split is unavoidable — however, there are other strategies to avoid splitting or liquidating assets.

For example, you and your spouse might choose to let one of you keep one asset and the other keep another asset rather than splitting them both down the middle. If your spouse has a series of patents and you both own a number of franchises, rather than splitting them, you could take the franchises while your spouse keeps the patents.

These are just examples — an experienced divorce attorney will help you and your spouse come to a decision about asset division that benefits both parties.
Determining Income During A Divorce

From the beginning, you are going to want to collect as much documentation of each income stream as you can, including bank statements, investment statements, and tax returns.

However, this may be easier said than done, especially if you are going through a contentious divorce. This is where experts, like forensic accountants, can play an important role.

It may be the case that your spouse has hidden income streams or assets. They might not even have been intentionally hiding these from you — you might just not know about them, especially if you were not involved in your family’s finances.

Experts will make certain that all income streams are found so that they can be divided properly.

This is important even if you have a general idea of how much an asset is worth. Just because you know its value today does not mean you know its value in the future. An asset might be worth much more than you think in the future — or much less.

An expert can make a precise valuation.
Hidden Assets And Divorce

A hidden asset is an asset that your spouse does not tell you, your attorney, their attorney, or the court about.

Hiding assets is an extremely bad idea for a number of reasons, not least of which is that it will anger the judge.

If your spouse attempts to hide some of their income streams and is found out, the judge may grant you higher alimony or child support payments. Your spouse can end up paying your legal fees and may even face criminal charges (hiding assets is considered contempt of court, which the judge will take very seriously).

Hiring a forensic accountant ensures that all assets will be found and avoids the mess that hidden assets can cause. Even if you ultimately end up on top thanks to punishments for your spouse by the judge, it is a problem that is best avoided altogether.

Navigating divorce when you have non-traditional income streams is extremely difficult without an experienced team on your side. This is not something you want to try to handle alone. Talk to our experienced family law attorneys about your divorce today.
Contact Our Texas Family Law Attorney for Advice Today

The Julian Firm offers personal attention to people in need of family law attorneys in Flower Mound, TX, and the surrounding cities.

If you need help with a family law matter like divorce, Jared Julian can help — he has been helping families for more than a decade and is also a licensed mediator.

This makes him a professional in settling family disputes. As an experienced family mediator, he listens to both sides and makes an informed decision that is in the best interest of all parties.

Mr. Julian and his team of experienced family law attorneys are available for a consultation.

Contact us today.

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Connor K. Suggs

Associate Attorney


Connor K. Suggs is an attorney at JulianJohnson, P.C. focusing on all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, and protective orders. His compassionate approach to sensitive situations and his ability to relate to people ensures that clients receive both personalized and effective representation.

Mr. Suggs graduated from Boise State University in 2019 with a Political Science major and a minor in Business. He then went on to graduate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2022 and passed the Bar Exam in February of 2023. While studying in Houston, he participated in the innocence investigations clinic (Texas Innocence Network) investigating wrongful convictions. Connor also interned at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and participated in court proceedings, interviews with victim’s advocates, and assisted with trial preparations under a law student temporary trial card.

Connor married his wife Mary in 2022 and they reside in Lewisville along with their two cats, Whiskey and Cola. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, trying new foods, and the great outdoors.

Jennifer R. Else

Associate Attorney and Mediator



Jennifer has been practicing law for 18 years, the vast majority of which has been focused on Family Law. She has had the honor of walking with clients through some of their darkest hours, providing zealous and compassionate representation and support. Jennifer is a skilled litigator and a keen negotiator with a particular talent for diffusing high conflict situations, developing creative solutions, and ensuring realistic expectations. Jennifer believes that one of the keys to good attorney-client relationships is to treat all parties with respect and dignity while fiercely advocating for her client’s rights. While the first decade-plus of her career has been in the trenches of litigating these family law cases, she is currently making a shift towards serving as a mediator.


Jennifer was born and raised in Minnesota, but made it to Texas as Jennifer graduated cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University (Minnesota) in 1997. She worked in a variety of industries after college, including managing residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities, and as an operations coordinator for Regis Corporation, which owned and operated many lines of hair salons nationwide.

She made her first escape to Texas and attended The University of Texas School of Law, graduating with honors in 2005. While she returned to Minnesota for a stint, where she clerked for a district court judge and ran her own practice, she has been happily back in Flower Mound, Texas since 2014. When she’s not working, Jennifer can be found hanging out with her husband, two teenagers, and three rescue dogs.

Chad R. Neal

Associate Attorney


Chad R. Neal is an attorney who has extensive knowledge in complex property division and brings 24 years of experience to the firm. His practice focuses on all areas of family law including divorce, protective orders, and spousal agreements. Mr. Neal has practiced labor and employment law in federal court, and has a thorough understanding regarding business law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation. He is licensed in Texas and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Mr. Neal completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University and law school at Texas Tech University School of Law. During his time at Texas Tech, he competed in Team Moot Court Negotiations where he advanced the team to compete at the national level.

When Chad is not practicing law, he can be found spending time with his wife of 27 years and his three daughters ages 23, 19 and 17. He enjoys all sports but particularly football, basketball and golf.




Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been a paralegal for twelve years. From preparing and filing legal documents, to communicating and strategizing with the attorneys, Rodney plays an active role from beginning to end in all assigned matters. His goal each day when entering the office is to assist the attorneys as each case progresses and make simple for clients what is otherwise a complicated process.

When not at the office, Rodney is likely spending time with his nieces and nephews, road biking, or reading a good book.

Emily Hale



Emily Hale has been a family law paralegal since October 2019. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree and specialized certificates in Legal Studies, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation training. Shortly after graduating, she completed the Collin College Paralegal Certificate program.

As a child of divorce, Emily is passionate about supporting those going through family matters. She strives to meet the individual needs of each case while also understanding every client’s need for communication, transparency, and protection.

Emily is a native Texan who settled with her family in Denton. As a mother to a preschooler and a new homeowner, she’s always busy with something. To unwind, she loves taking Pilates classes and exploring state parks with her family.




Ms. Patel began working as a family law paralegal in 2004. She graduated from North Central Texas College in Corinth, Texas in 2004 and received her Paralegal Certificate from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas in 2005. Her passion for family law began after a custody case of her own, so she has a deep understanding of what clients are going through from her own personal experiences.

Ms. Patel grew up in Denton County and has two wonderful kids: Alyssa and Paxton. She is also a dog mom to three fur babies: Blue, a Lab/Pit mix and Sofie and Bella, Pomeranians.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She is a foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants.


Senior Paralegal


Jennifer Cline is the senior paralegal at JulianJohnson, P.C. Mrs. Cline has been Mr. Julian’s paralegal since 2011. She is a 2005 graduate of Lamar State College – Port Arthur in Legal Assistant studies where she graduated with honors. She was the president of the Legal Assistant Student Organization. Her legal career began when she interned as a paralegal in 2004 at Germer Gertz, in Beaumont, Texas. In 2008 she started working at Morian Kahla Law in Jasper, Texas. After moving to the DFW area in 2011, she joined Mr. Julian and began working exclusively in family law at the then Julian, Crowder and Shuster, PC and now JulianJohnson, P.C. Mrs. Cline wears many hats here at JulianJohnson, P.C.; senior paralegal, firm administrator, but her favorite role is when Mr. Julian refers to her as “boss lady.” In 2019, she became a Board Certified Paralegal – Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in 2021 she earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Texas Wesleyan University. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division and Denton County Paralegal Association.

Mrs. Cline is a zealous advocate for our clients. Her own life experiences and circumstances have taught her some hardcore lessons and it is where her passion for family law stems; she’s lived it, survived and she is passionate about helping others through it.

Jennifer moved to the DFW area after meeting and marrying her husband, Billy Cline. They have three sons: Brian, who is married to his wife, Grace, Brandon and Grant. Her husband owns and operates, a residential door company that serves the DFW metroplex.

Jennifer calls her hobbies “therapy” and they include woodworking, building and painting furniture, and other crafts.


Business Manager


Andrea is the Business Manager at JulianJohnson, P.C. and is passionate about working on behalf of families and children. Before joining JulianJohnson, she worked on a government contract that partnered Head Start and childcare programs together to provide services for children. She then went on to work in adoption and assisted in placing over 1,200 international children with loving families here in the United States.

She graduated with honors in 2000 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) with a degree in Family and Child Development. Then she went on to receive her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources, graduating with honors in 2023 from Texas Woman’s University.

Originally from the Washington, DC area she arrived in Texas as quickly as she could. She is the mom of two incredible boys, Logan and Shane. When not in the office she can be found on the soccer or baseball field supporting her children, hiking the great outdoors, or reading a book in a hammock.

William E. Johnson

Managing Shareholder of Litigation
Attorney and Mediator


William E. Johnson is a board-certified attorney. He is board certified in both Child Welfare Law and Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice primarily focuses on all matters in family law including dissolution of marriage, complex property division, high-net worth divorces, child custody, possession and access, protective orders for family violence, stalking and harassment, adoption, pre-marital agreements, post-marital agreements, child welfare, mediation, and CPS cases. He specializes in matters of custody, possession and access, adjudication of paternity, termination of parental rights, grandparent interventions, non-parent interventions, CPS investigation defense, CPS cases, cases involving abuse or neglect of a child, and cases involving child welfare. His practice also includes probate, wills, and criminal defense.
History and Experience in Family Law

William began his career as an Assistant District Attorney. During his time as a prosecutor, William prosecuted criminal, mental health, and CPS cases. William spent the majority of his tenure as a prosecutor prosecuting CPS cases to protect the most vulnerable in our society. William quickly rose through the ranks of the Denton County District Attorney’s Office and became one the youngest family law attorneys to ever hold that position in the office. Before William left the DA’s Office, William was one of the few specialty court prosecutors in the office. He was a specialty prosecutor in Denton County’s Family Drug Court Program. William tried hundreds of trials and contested hearings during his time as a prosecutor. William’s experience in the courtroom, and knowledge of not only the law, but also the “legal climate,” is unparalleled amongst his peers.

It is William’s goal to achieve a result for his client that not only protects their interests in the “now,” but also protects their interests in the future. He works tirelessly for his clients and prefers reaching agreements to avoid needless legal fees; however, he will not hesitate to set the case for trial if the opposing counsel is unreasonable or uncompromising.

William has garnered an excellent reputation in Denton County and has been invited to speak at seminars concerning CPS and child custody issues.

William is from Dallas, Texas and currently lives in Denton. William is married to his beautiful wife Cari. William and Cari are proud parents of their wacky, yet lovable, goldendoodles “Curry” and “Archie.” If he is not in the courtroom or in the office, William is either spending time with his family or continuing his never-ending quest the find either the best BBQ or best fried chicken sandwich in Texas.

Jared W. Julian

CEO and Managing Shareholder of Operations
Mediator and Attorney


Jared W. Julian is the founder and President of JulianJohnson, P.C. He is recognized as a Family Law expert in the State of Texas and he is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than one percent of all Texas law attorneys are board certified in Family Law. Mr. Julian is also rated as “Super Lawyer,” a distinction limited to 5 percent of all Texas attorneys

Mr. Julian grew up in Plano, Texas. He is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M School of Law (then Texas Wesleyan). He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2006 after attending Sam Houston University and Texas A&M. He became a licensed Texas Peace Officer before deciding to go to law school. Mr. Julian has extensive litigation experience. Prior to founding JulianJohnson, P.C., he was the managing partner at Julian, Crowder and Shuster, P.C. and a partner in McCracken, Taylor and Julian, P.C. prior to that.

While in law school, Mr. Julian was an associate editor of the school’s law review (top 10% of class) and also served on the Student Bar Association Board of Directors and as Student Bar Association President.

For over 20 years, Mr. Julian’s practice has focused on family law and has handled well over a thousand cases. He has handled extremely high net-worth divorces, highly contested custody disputes and C.P.S. termination cases, but also counsels his clients through more amicable cases often resolved through settlement. Mr. Julian is a highly sought-after mediator with a successful mediation resolution rate over 95%.

Mr. Julian lives in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife, Stephanie, and two sons, Dax and Sawyer. His hobbies include playing guitar, hunting and enjoying family and friends.

Areas of Practice:
Family Law
Alimony & Spousal Support
Child Support
Children’s Rights
Collaborative Law
Custody & Visitation
Domestic Violence & Neglect
Juvenile Law
Prenuptial Agreements.