Pennsylvania Attorney Assists with Equitable Property Distribution
Experienced divorce lawyer represents your rights in Northeastern Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, assets acquired and liabilities incurred during the marriage are considered marital property. When couples divorce, those assets are subject to equitable distribution. Under this standard, when couples cannot reach an agreement on dividing their assets, courts will divide marital property in a manner that is fair and equitable, though not necessarily equal. I represent clients in Northeastern Pennsylvania to ensure that their rights are upheld and their marital property and debt are divided equitably so that a breakup does not disadvantage them financially.
Detail-oriented advocate protects your assets
Before the actual distribution of marital property can happen, assets must be valued and classified as either marital or non-marital. Marital property comprises assets acquired during the marriage and available for distribution; non-marital property consists of assets acquired prior to the marriage by gift or inheritance and exempt from division. I have the necessary familiarity with Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution laws to distinguish property as either marital or non-marital. I also have the skill to trace the commingling of separate assets with marital assets, prevent unfair distribution and ensure that no assets or debts are overlooked in the final accounting.
Marital property may include anything you have acquired during the marriage, such as:
- The marital home, vacation homes and timeshares
- Bank accounts
- Investment accounts, stocks and bonds
- Retirement funds, pensions, annuities, 401(K)s, IRAs, etc..
Courts will base property division determinations on a number of factors, which may include the financial situation and earning power of each spouse, the degree to which each spouse contributed to the acquisition of marital property, and the future needs and liabilities of each spouse. I will ensure that the court has all the information it needs to fairly divide your assets.
Responsive divorce counselor pursues favorable property division results
I strive to convert an otherwise stressful and contentious matter into a positive resolution. My experience has equipped me to handle negotiation in property division matters whenever appropriate, affording you greater control over the outcome. Experience has shown me that property division is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, and when you and your spouse are unable to agree on dividing your assets, I am fully prepared to advocate for your rights in court.
Contact a reliable Pennsylvania family lawyer for asset division help
I represent clients throughout Pennsylvania in cases involving the equitable distribution of their marital property and debts. Call Hughes, Nicholls & O'Hara at 570-344-7171 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.