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Orange Park Property Division Lawyers

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Property division can be one of the most contentious and stressful aspects of divorce proceedings. In the state of Florida, property division is governed by equitable distribution laws, which aim to divide marital assets and liabilities fairly between the divorcing spouses. This means that the division may not always be exactly equal but should be equitable, taking into consideration various factors such as the duration of the marriage, each spouse's financial and non-financial contributions, and more.

At Owenby Law, P.A., our Orange Park property division lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of Florida's property division laws. We understand that every divorce case is unique, and we work closely with our clients to develop a personalized strategy that ensures their interests are protected throughout the process.

Contact us at (904) 770-3141 to speak with our Orange Park property division attorneys about your situation.

What is Property Division?

Property division, often referred to as property or asset distribution, is a legal process that occurs during divorce or separation proceedings. It involves the fair and equitable allocation of assets and liabilities that were acquired during the course of a marriage or partnership. The primary goal of property division is to ensure that both parties receive a fair share of the marital assets and debts

Common types of assets involved in property division include:

  • Real Estate: Marital homes, vacation properties, rental properties, and any other real estate assets are typically subject to division. The valuation and distribution of real estate can be a complex process.
  • Financial Assets: These include various types of financial accounts and investments, such as:
    • Bank Accounts: Checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), and money market accounts.
    • Retirement Accounts: 401(k)s, IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts), pensions, and other retirement savings.
    • Stocks and Bonds: Ownership of shares in publicly traded companies and bonds or other investment instruments.
    • Mutual Funds: Pooled investments in stocks, bonds, or other assets.
    • Savings and Investment Accounts: Brokerage accounts, investment portfolios, and other investment vehicles.
  • Personal Property: Personal property assets can encompass a wide range of items, including:
    • Vehicles: Cars, motorcycles, boats, and recreational vehicles.
    • Household Items: Furniture, appliances, electronics, and other household belongings.
    • Jewelry: Valuables like wedding rings, necklaces, and watches.
    • Art and Collectibles: Paintings, sculptures, antiques, and collectible items.
  • Business Assets: If one or both spouses own a business, the business's value and assets may be subject to division. This can be a complex and contentious aspect of property division, and it often involves business valuation.
  • Debts and Liabilities: In addition to assets, debts and liabilities acquired during the marriage are also divided. Common types of marital debts include:
    • Mortgages: Outstanding home loans and property-related debts.
    • Credit Card Debt: Balances on credit cards used for marital expenses.
    • Auto Loans: Outstanding car loans.
    • Student Loans: Educational debts acquired during the marriage.
    • Personal Loans: Loans taken for various purposes during the marriage.
  • Retirement Benefits: Pensions and other retirement benefits that were accrued during the marriage are subject to division. This may require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) to facilitate the distribution of retirement assets.
  • Inheritance and Gifts: The treatment of inheritance and gifts can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances. In some cases, inheritances or gifts received by one spouse may be considered separate property and not subject to division. However, if they have been commingled with marital assets or used for the benefit of the marriage, they might be subject to division.
  • Patents, Copyrights, and Intellectual Property: Intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks, may be considered marital assets if they were developed or enhanced during the marriage.

Marital Assets vs. Separate Property

In Florida, marital assets primarily include those acquired during the course of the marriage. This can encompass a wide range of assets such as income, real estate, financial assets, personal property, and more. Whether an asset was purchased, earned, or obtained during the marriage is a key factor in its classification as marital property.

Additionally, if one spouse brought separate property into the marriage (e.g., a home or investments) and that property increased in value during the marriage, the increase in value is typically considered a marital asset subject to division. When separate property is mixed or commingled with marital assets, it can become challenging to distinguish which portion is marital and which is separate. In such cases, the commingled property may be considered marital property unless the contributing spouse can trace the source of funds.

On the other hand, property that one spouse owned prior to the marriage is typically considered separate property. This includes real estate, financial accounts, personal property, and other assets that were owned individually before the marriage.

Florida law also considers the following types of assets as separate property:

  • Inheritances and Gifts: Inheritances or gifts received by one spouse during the marriage are generally treated as separate property unless they've been commingled with marital assets or used for the benefit of the marriage. It's important to keep them separate and properly documented.
  • Property Designated as Separate in Agreements: Spouses may choose to identify specific property as separate in prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. If these agreements are valid and enforceable, the property designated as separate in the agreement remains separate property.
  • Property Acquired After Legal Separation: Assets acquired after a legal separation or the filing of a divorce petition may be considered separate property if the separation is legally recognized.

Look no further than Owenby Law, P.A., your trusted partner for expert legal guidance in property division matters. Our experienced Orange Park property division lawyers are here to ensure that your assets and interests are protected during the often complex and emotionally charged process of property division.

Contact us today at (904) 770-3141 to discuss your case with our team.

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