Dividing Property Fairly When Couples Part Ways

Equitable distribution involves the allocation of assets and debts held by the parties, either individually or jointly, at the time of separation or divorce.

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, in Harrisburg, our divorce lawyers have extensive experience identifying and assessing which marital property, assets and debts must be included in the final marital distribution.

If you are facing a divorce or legal separation, trust our firm to represent your interests. Our divorce attorneys have over 65 years of combined legal experience and are committed to keeping abreast of the laws related to equitable distribution of marital property.

At our firm, each and every case is handled on an individualized basis. We will develop a property distribution agreement that is specifically tailored to your unique circumstances.

Distribution Can Be A Subtle Art

Regardless of whose name is on the deed or title of certain properties or assets, if the property was purchased during the course of the marriage, by a bone fide purchaser or for value, it is subject to equitable division. Consider also, that even if gifts and inheritance are not included among marital assets, if those gifts or inheritance were used to purchase something jointly during the course of the marriage, this property is then included among the assets subject to equitable distribution.

Comprehensive Evaluation Of Assets

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we will perform a thorough assessment of all property, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, securities, and investments and will request production of all documents related to each and every asset. Our attorneys will also perform a valuation of retirement and pension accounts, in the future, at the date of separation, and on the date of the final decree. Certain pensions require Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QUADRO's), working with pension providers and actuaries.

We will also complete an income and expense statement (I&E), and perform a thorough inventory, and appraisal of all marital assets and marital debt. We work with a network of financial experts and other individuals who have specialized experience in evaluating unique assets and debts, including valuation of family business and business partnerships.

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Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, is highly regarded in the legal community for our quality service, zealous advocacy, and continuing support to each and every client. Contact us today to discuss equitable distribution of marital property with an experienced Central Pennsylvania divorce lawyer. Call 717-827-4074.