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Asset Division Lawyer Chicago

Asset Division Lawyer Chicago

If divorce is on your horizon, one of the primary components that needs to be addressed will be the division of your marital assets, and this division tends to be one of the most complicated aspects of the divorce process. Because the terms of your asset division are foundational to you and your children’s financial future, having an experienced asset division lawyer in Chicago on your side can mean the difference between terms that are favorable and terms that are not. 

Your Marital Assets

In the State of Illinois, marital assets or property refers to all those things of value (offset by your marital debt) that you and your spouse amassed over the span of your marriage. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who made the purchase in question or whose name is on the lease or deed – if the asset was purchased or otherwise acquired while you were married, it will most likely be deemed a marital asset. Exceptions include inheritances and gifts that are given in the name of one spouse only. 

Separate Property

The assets that you own prior to marriage and that follow you into your marriage are considered separate property. To remain separate, however, you must keep them separate throughout your marriage (rather than allowing them to intermingle with your marital finances), and this is often easier said than done. Common assets that begin as separate property include:

  • A home
  • A business
  • A retirement account and/or other financial tools

Even if you carefully keep these properties separate over the course of your marriage, they are all likely to increase in value as time passes, and this increase in value will be considered a marital asset. The fact is that the distinction between marital property and separate property can easily be blurred. 

Common Complications

There are myriad of factors that can complicate the division of marital assets, including high assets and business ownership. If one of you brought a business into the marriage with you, for example, the following can all complicate the matter:

  • If the owner-spouse intermingled the finances and borrowed from marital funds or credit (or allowed the opposite to happen), it can muddy the water. 
  • If the owner worked the business but didn’t pay himself or herself adequately, it will likely be interpreted as crossing over into marital property territory (because the owner-spouse’s employment did contribute to the business but not to the marital coffers).
  • If the non-owner spouse worked for the business, it also tends to obscure the dividing line.

Determining which assets are deemed marital assets and which are not is a vital element of every divorce. 

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Asset Division Lawyer in Chicago

It’s important to allow the division of your marital assets the attention it deserves. The accomplished asset division lawyers at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., in Chicago have the experience, drive, and legal fortitude to help you obtain asset division terms that protect your financial rights now and into the future. Your case is important, so please don’t delay contacting us for more information about how we can help you today.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7645 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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