Asset Division Attorneys
in Tallahassee, Florida

Separating your personal property, real estate, financial assets, and debt is a difficult part of divorce. Even when a couple has not acquired much property, dividing what they do have can be complicated and contentious. If you are considering divorce, have started the process, or have been served divorce papers, you need an experienced divorce attorney on your side while working through the division of your property and assets.

At Fournier Law, we have a combined 50+ years of experience advocating for clients throughout the divorce process, including the division of property. We help clients in Tallahassee, Florida, and the Big Bend region navigate this difficult time and move forward with their lives.

Marital Property vs. Nonmarital Property

In Florida, marital property includes assets and debts. Marital property is subject to division in divorce while nonmarital property is not. Although it may sound easy to determine what is marital property and what is not, it is not always black and white.

Marital property

Marital property includes everything acquired separately and individually during the marriage, including retirement investments and annuities, stocks, insurance plans, and deferred compensation. This category also includes gifts given from one spouse to the other.

Nonmarital property

This category includes real estate and personal property owned by a spouse before the marriage, received through inheritance during the marriage, or gifts from someone other than the spouse. If the value of nonmarital property has increased with the help of the other spouse during the marriage, the difference in the premarital value and the value at the time of divorce is considered marital property. For example, if one spouse owned a house before marriage and the other spouse renovated it during the marriage, some or all of the increasing in its value is marital property.

Nonmarital property can also become marital property if the spouse owner adds the other spouse to the deed or if the other spouse helps pay the mortgage. Likewise, the bank account a spouse had prior to marriage can become marital property if marital monies are deposited in it during the marriage.

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Who Determines How Assets are Divided?

Who determines what is marital or nonmarital property, the value of marital property, and how marital property is divided in a Florida divorce depends largely on whether the divorce is uncontested or contested.

If you and your spouse can agree on the division of your marital assets and debt, and you have no minor children, you can complete and sign a Martial Settlement Agreement deciding which are marital, who gets what, and how they are valued.

If you and your spouse are unable to agree, your divorce is contested, which means the court will make those decisions.

Factors Considered in Asset Division

Florida divorce law states that marital property be divided equitably among the parties. This does not mean assets and debts are distributed 50/50. In a contested matter, a judge can be asked to weigh several factors in deciding how marital property is divided, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The economic circumstances of each spouse
  • Interruptions in either spouse’s career or education
  • The marital contribution of each spouse, including those as homemaker or parent
  • The contribution of either spouse to the other’s career or education
  • The contribution of each spouse to acquiring or increasing income
  • The conduct of each spouse during the marriage
  • The contribution of each spouse to the improvement of marital and nonmarital assets
  • The liabilities incurred by either spouse, whether affecting marital or nonmarital assets
  • The intentional dissipation, waste, depletion, or destruction of marital assets by either spouse after the filing of the divorce or within two years prior to the filing

Asset Division Attorneys
in Tallahassee, Florida

At Fournier Law, we are dedicated to representing clients in Tallahassee, Florida, the Big Bend region, and throughout the state of Florida as they try to begin a new chapter in their lives after divorce. We know that what you keep and what you do not makes a difference in how that new chapter reads. Call today for a consultation.