Ensuring That Equitable Distribution Is Handled Fairly
At the end of a marriage, every couple must make decisions about the division of property they shared during the relationship. They will also need to decide how to handle joint debt. In the case of divorce, these decisions form the basis of the marital property settlement agreement.
Florida is an “equitable property division” state. This means that should a Florida divorce court judge be required to make a decision for the couple, the division will begin with the premise that the distribution should be equal.
When Deciding What Is Equitable, the Judge Will Consider:
- Each spouse’s financial and non-monetary contribution to the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The economic circumstances of the parties
- The desire of a party to retain the marital home as a residence for any dependent child of the marriage
- Any intentional dissipation or waste or destruction of marital assets
- Other relevant factors
A judge does not have to make your decisions for you, however. Your divorce attorney can negotiate property division on your behalf and you can enter divorce court with a marital settlement agreement in hand.
The benefits of working with an experienced divorce attorney are many.
At the West Palm Beach law office of Levine & Susaneck, PA, we help our clients arrive at a marital settlement agreement that meets their needs today and promotes their financial stability in the future. Learn more about how we can help you.
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Divorce lawyer Donna Levine has been helping clients arrive at property settlement agreements for more than 20 years. Because of her extensive experience, she is able to help clients understand their rights and identify potential problems that could develop later. She is proactive in helping her clients protect their financial interests.
Should a problem arise or a financial situation change, Ms. Levine handles post-decree property issues as well as family court appeals involving property matters.
Just Looking for Information? Some clients are not planning on a divorce at this time but they are interested in establishing their rights to property. They want to know what they are entitled to and what their rights are, especially if some property was acquired during the marriage but in only one name. We help people understand equitable distribution if they are considering legal separation, divorce or in guardianship cases.