Dividing Your Marital Property Can Be Fair Without Being Equal
Divorces are tough in many ways, but one thing that tends to cause heated debates is the distribution of assets. Yet wanting a fair share of the life that you and your partner have built together is not wrong. And we are here to help you get it.
If you are struggling with a difficult property division dispute, reach out to A. Frazho Law Office, PLLC, today. Whether you choose to mediate and negotiate or things should escalate to litigation; we are ready to assist you with this and other family legal concerns.
How The Court Determines What Belongs To You
As an equitable distribution state, Michigan does not require that you and your spouse split everything equally when ending your marriage. Property you obtained prior to your nuptials will remain separate and out of the equation. But a judge may review any assets you accumulated during the course of your union to determine how best to award a judgment.
The judge may also factor in the following:
- If one spouse was unfaithful or abusive
- The contributions of both spouses to the household
- The earning potential of both spouses
- Whether one spouse was solely responsible for the debt
- The length of the marriage itself
- The needs and circumstances of both spouses
- The age and health of each spouse
Other considerations, such as a prenup, may also come into play. To learn more about what might affect your own situation, contact attorney Antoinette Frahzo directly.
Have More Control With Our Mediation Services
Should you and your spouse wish to have more control over which assets you retain, mediation may be a better option. Through mediation, you and your spouse can negotiate for the items that are most important to each of you. Whether it is a family heirloom or a business interest, you both may reach a consensus without having to go to court.
Property division can be a complicated and sensitive process that is best handled with the guidance of an experienced lawyer. For this reason, you should always speak with an attorney before you agree to a settlement. Visit our Okemos office for a free initial consultation. Call 517-327-6979 or email us to make your appointment today.