Answers To Your Questions About Property Division
When going through a divorce, you must decide how your assets will be divided. There are many laws put in place that must be followed, and many people aren’t sure where to start. For 26 years, BDJ Express Law has worked with clients throughout Utah. We will fight for what you are entitled to while keeping your best interests at heart.
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What does ‘equitable distribution’ mean?
We are an equitable distribution state. This means that all assets acquired during your marriage are subject to division. A court will divide things fairly, depending on how they see fit. It is important to know that this does not mean everything will be split down the middle.
What about everything I brought into the marriage?
This is known as separate property, and it does not have to be split between you and your spouse. This can include everything from a home to a car and your inheritance. While this may seem simple, it is not always easy. For example, say you bought your house before you were married. Your spouse moved in and helped you make mortgage payments. This is where things get tricky, and an attorney is crucial.
What should I do if I suspect my spouse has hidden some assets?
In these cases, an attorney is especially important. We will take the legal steps necessary in order to determine what each party brings to the table. This includes talking to necessary experts and looking through bank account documents. Our firm will do everything it can to get to the truth.
What will the courts consider when dividing property?
There are a number of factors that a judge will take into consideration. The length of the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse and each party’s age are common. They will also look at ways each spouse contributed to the other’s success, either directly or indirectly.