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Fort Walton Beach Marital Property Division Lawyer

Shalimar, Florida, Equitable Distribution Attorney

Other than issues involving children, property division can be one of the most contentious issues in any divorce. While it seems like something that should be straightforward, it often results in lengthy litigation that adds to the stress and expense of a divorce.

For more than 20 years in the Florida Panhandle I, divorce lawyer Steven J. Gilpatrick, have been representing men and women in divorce cases. I can help you obtain a property division settlement that protects your individual rights and allows you to move forward with your fair share of marital property.

What are you entitled to? What is considered marital property? For answers to your property division questions, call 850-651-4488 for a consultation.

Marital Property Division

In any divorce, the property division process begins with the idea that marital assets will be split as close to 50-50 as possible. Disputes and litigation usually arise from disagreements over whether a particular property or asset should be considered marital property. Almost all assets obtained before a marriage are not marital assets. However, they can become marital property. For example, one spouse may have owned a home prior to the marriage, but it can become marital property or partial marital property when the other spouse spends the length of the marriage contributing to house payments.

Keep in mind that some assets are worth considerably more than others and that “equitable distribution” does not necessarily mean equal distribution in the eyes of the courts.

Contact a Fort Walton Beach Marital Property Division Attorney

From asset valuation to the discovery of assets, I can help you protect your rights in property division. Contact my firm today to arrange a consultation.