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Fort Wayne Attorneys Assist with Asset Division in Your Divorce

Constructively resolving complex property issues

Asset division is often one of the most challenging issues in a divorce. Because of the complex considerations involved, even cooperative spouses sometimes have difficulty agreeing on who should get what, particularly when the marital estate includes substantial pre-marital assets, a family business or other non-liquid property. Fortunately, our lawyers at Shilts & Setlak, LLC have almost 50 years of combined experience handling the most demanding domestic property division issues. We keep our clients apprised of the many practical issues that go into property and debt division, effectively negotiate with the other spouse to reach a workable property agreement, and, if necessary, fight to get an equitable distribution for our clients in court.

Why property distribution agreements are preferable

No bright-line rules exist for dividing marital property during a divorce. As a result, court-imposed equitable distribution arrangements are frequently unpredictable and often leave both parties dissatisfied. Fortunately, divorcing couples always have the option of allocating their assets and debt on their own terms and having the resulting agreement incorporated into the divorce decree. Doing so allows the divorce to be more timely concluded, the attorney fees to end, and for direct input by the parties.

Equitable distribution and how courts divide property

If the spouses cannot reach an agreement or if the court does not approve the agreement reached by the parties, it falls to the presiding judge to divide the marital estate . Indiana law provides that a 50/50 division of the marital estate is presumed to be equitable. However, a divorce attorney may argue for unequal distribution based on several factors:

  • Each parties pre-marital financial condition
  • Each spouse’s contribution to acquiring marital property
  • The extent to which property was acquired before the marriage or through inheritance or gift
  • Each spouse’s future income earning capacity
  • Each spouse’s economic circumstances at the time of distribution
  • Each spouse’s conduct during the marriage as it relates to dissipation of property

Knowledgeable divorce lawyers must keep these factors in mind when negotiating, as well as having a keen insight into what result the parties could reasonably expect at trial. Therefore, property distribution agreements can and should take the above factors into account. When the opposing spouse demands substantially more than he or she could reasonably expect to receive at trial, our attorneys advise our clients accordingly. While we try to avoid litigation whenever possible, we do not allow our clients’ rights to be compromised.

Contact our dedicated Indiana legal team today

If you need legal guidance related to property distribution, consult with the reliable attorneys at Shilts & Setlak, LLC. Their firm is conveniently located in Fort Wayne.