Brevard County Property Division Lawyers

Your Advocate During an Emotional Process

Marital property is subject to equitable distribution when a couple divorces. Equitable distribution typically means "fair," not necessarily a 50-50 division. Of course, each person has a different idea of what is fair in a divorce. As your lawyers, it is our job to protect your rights and to help you make informed decisions. When clients spend excessive time and money fighting over property, we do a cost-benefit analysis with you, so you can decide if the battle is worth it.

When the client chooses, however, we litigate aggressively. The divorce lawyers at Platt Hopwood Attorneys at Law PLLC are committed to meeting each client's needs, whether that means negotiating or litigating property division. Our Brevard County property division attorneys have the experience to value and separate marital and nonmarital assets and debts. Because you cannot modify the property division settlement, we understand the importance of getting the settlement you want.

Melbourne Equitable Distribution Lawyers Serving the Space Coast and Treasure Coast Region With Integrity and Dedication

Marital Assets and Debts

Before property division begins, the Court must determine marital versus non-marital assets and liabilities. Under Florida law, property acquired and income earned during a marriage is generally considered marital property. The law provides that interspousal gifts (gifts from one spouse to the other during marriage) are marital property and gifts to one spouse from others are non-marital property. Rights to certain assets or debts can be specified as separate or non-marital in a prenuptial agreement.

Marital assets can include:

  • Bank accounts
  • Real estate
  • Personal property (such as vehicles, furnishings, art and jewelry)
  • Retirement accounts and insurance
  • Stock options and portfolios

When a high net worth couple divorces, property division is often more complex. We have experience valuing and separating sophisticated financial holdings and assets such as businesses and professional practices.

The marital debts must also be divided. This may include a mortgage, other loans, taxes and credit card debt. Judgments against both parties are also a marital obligation.

Free Consultation · Melbourne Marital Property Division Attorneys

Call toll free at 800-479-3032 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with one of our Melbourne equitable distribution attorneys.