If a divorce is imminent in your life, you should consult a Tampa divorce lawyer to help protect your rights. An experienced attorney can evaluate the marital assets of your relationship and help reach a property division agreement between you and your spouse. If an agreement cannot be reached between you and your spouse, a Tampa divorce attorney will be able to protect your interest in court and ensure you get a fair distribution of the property.
The first step in equitable distribution is to classify each asset and debt as either marital or separate property. Only marital property is subject to equitable distribution by a court; separate property will remain the property of the spouse who owns it. Marital property is typically all debts and property acquired jointly during the term of the marriage. For instance, marital property will usually consist of wages, vested retirement plans, and property purchased jointly. It is important that a Tampa divorce attorney analyzes all of the assets and debts outstanding in your case to determine which will be treated as marital property.
Once the court has determined the extent of the marital property it will resolve the property dispute by making an equitable distribution of the property. The court will divide the property 50/50 between the couple unless there are factors that would make a 50/50 split inequitable. Some of the factors the court will consider are:
- The length of the marriage
- The assets and debts each spouse contributed to the marriage
- Homemaking and child care contributions provided by each spouse during the marriage
- The financial condition of each spouse
- The negative effect on the career or education of either spouse as a result of the divorce
- A spouse’s desire or interest in a particular asset
- Waste or destruction of marital assets by a spouse
There are many other factors a court will consider when dividing marital property. It is important that you hire a Tampa divorce attorney who has a thorough understanding of all the factors a court may consider in equitable distribution cases.
Tampa Divorce Lawyers Protecting Your Property Rights
The divorce lawyers at Florida Law Advisers, P.A. have extensive experience in property settlements and all aspects of a divorce. Whether you and your spouse agree to the terms of the divorce or are engaged in a fierce battle over the marital property, Florida Law Advisers, P.A. can help. We understand that you are only trying to get what you rightfully deserve in your divorce settlement. We will use our skill and experience to ensure your rights are protected and a fair property distribution is obtained.