Florida law presumes that assets and debts acquired during a marriage are marital property. However, this does not mean that everything will be divided strictly down the middle. At Schipani & Norman, P.A., in Sarasota, Florida, our lawyers will use their experience to help you receive everything to which you are entitled.
To learn more about divorce involving significant assets, please visit our high net worth page or call our firm for a consultation at 941-549-8981.
Which Assets Are Mine To Keep?
In Florida, assets you bring to the marriage, plus inheritances and gifts received during the marriage, are yours to keep. However, depending on what you do with assets while you are married, separate property can become subject to equitable division. For example, if a spouse contributes toward a separate property home, a portion of the home can become marital property. If you commingle separate property with marital property, the separate property can become marital property.
Our goal is to protect your separate property and ensure that you receive a fair and equitable share of marital property. We have a network of experts to make sure property is correctly appraised. We have the experience to handle the division of complex assets and debts, including:
- Real estate, including the marital residence, vacation home and rental property
- Retirement accounts
- Stock accounts
- Credit card debt
- Tax debts
We take pride in our ability to accurately assess your needs and hire consultants who will help conclude your case quickly and efficiently.
Mediation Gives You More Options
We understand that most issues surrounding marital property are resolved during mediation. Mediation gives us the opportunity to meet with all of the involved parties and examine marital property to find an equitable solution. Our goal is to give you the best chance at a fair and fast solution. Our lawyers will keep your best interests as their priority throughout the negotiations.
Mediation gives us the opportunity to help you properly divide your assets and debts without resorting to a judge’s decision. If we allow marital property division to progress to a judge’s decision, typically the judge will split the assets and debts down the middle. This may not always be in your best interest.
For More Information About Marital Assets And Debts
We invite you to schedule a consultation with a Florida division-of-property attorney. Contact us or call 941-549-8981. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. We are available to meet during evening and weekend hours by appointment.