White Plains Property Division & Divorce Lawyer
New York City Equitable Distribution Lawyer
Depending on how long you have been married, you may have significant property, and your assets may be very complex, including retirement accounts, real estate and a wide variety of personal property. Some couples have these assets even though married a short time.
Regardless whether your divorce is acrimonious or more amicable, you want to be treated fairly. That is where the Law Offices of Nicholas P. Barone comes in.
The first question is: what are the assets to be divided? Property you brought into the marriage and that which you acquired separately, e.g. as a gift from family, constitute separate property. Almost anything acquired during the marriage is marital property.
Property Division & and Divorce
Sounds simple. Unfortunately, some spouses hide assets from the other. If you have any reason to be suspicious, now is the time to locate these assets. Our law firm can perform a business asset valuation and a search for evidence on computers, for example.
Marital property should be divided equitably, but numerous factors can cause more to be ordered to one spouse. Need is the first. Both parties should be in a position to support themselves, and one may require funds for educational expenses in order to become self-supporting. An older person may not be a likely candidate to start a career, therefore maintenance may be ordered. A spouse with health problems will need funds for health care.
Finally, the behavior of the parties can affect a court's decision on property division. The "high road" is not only the dignified and right thing to do, it will serve you best when all is said and done.
Speak with property division and divorce attorney Nicholas P. Barone about the law of property division and your goals.