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What Equitable Distribution Means

An established principle in family law is that the two parties should receive a fair share of the marital property. Florida is considered an equitable distribution state, which does not always mean that each party receives an equal share. Rather, judges will attempt to divide the property in a manner that allows each party to maintain the standard of living as enjoyed before the divorce. Florida statute 61.075, "Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities" lays out specific guidelines for the division of property.

Some of the most important factors which will be considered include:

  • Each person's contribution to the marriage, including the value of any services performed in the care and education of children and in the duties of a homemaker
  • The financial situation of each ex-spouse
  • How long the couple has been married
  • The effect of any interruption in the personal career or education of either party which occurred as a result of the marriage
  • Whether it would be beneficial to the children for either party to keep the house as a primary residence

While the considerations above and others will guide the court in the division of property in your divorce, a Tampa divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo can help you influence the process through effective argumentation and reasoning to ensure that you receive everything that is due to you when you finalize the process.

Equitable Distribution vs. Community Property

When it comes to property division there are different routes that can be taken. This is not a federal matter and it is left up to the state to determine which form they want to practice. A state may choose to use equitable distribution or community property, though even within these forms they can have varying ways of going about them. Property division is one of the hottest topics to be discussed in many divorces, as it can greatly affect both parties involved.

It is an important matter to deal with and the age old problem has been trying to decide on a fair way to make this division of marital assets. Different spouses may have a different claim to the property. There are many arguments that can be brought up in regards to how to go about this. One spouse may have worked long hours and been the main income earner, while the other spouse was at home caring for the kids and managing the household. If you are having trouble distributing the property between you and your former spouse during a divorce, then it is important that you contact a Tampa divorce lawyer for the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo for legal assistance.

What is equitable distribution?

Covered under Florida Statutes §61.075(2012), equitable distribution is one way the court can choose to go, seeking to make the decision fair, though not always necessarily equal. This choice can be a benefit or hindrance depending on the situation a person is in. This form is more flexible and there are often more of a range of outcomes. This makes it more challenging to predict what the end result will be in these situations when compared to community property.

Equitable distribution looks to make the choice equal in the respect that it takes both parties and their contributions into consideration, while not equal in the sense of being a down the middle divide. It divides marital property depending on all factors combined, such as a mother remaining at home that still had a contribution, though it may not have had a financial gain or value on it. Financial standing is considered and this can be valuable for a spouse that may not have had as high of an income and relied on their spouse as the main income earner.

The court will consider a number of factors to make the call including:

  • Financial standing of both parties
  • Their earning potential
  • The duration of the marriage
  • Each contribution of the two individuals for gaining property after marriage
  • Debts sustained and the two parties ability to pay them
  • The tax consequences
  • Contribution of a spouse to the training or education of the other one
  • If a custodial parent will have to stay in the house
  • Intentional damage of marital property after a petition is filed or two years before
  • Any other factors that should be considered

What is community property?

Community property is the other option that can be used, though it is a less common form. Even within it, some states vary their adaptation of it. Some will be more lenient, while other states will require an even divide down the middle. This form is more prominent along the south west region. It is known as being a more even divide and some areas will even use an even 50/50 split. Community property divides the assets of a couple into two categories; those that are considered separate property and those that are considered community property. Separate property will generally be what was acquired prior to the marriage, or may have been gained during the marriage as a gift or inheritance. Separate property is to be left alone to the individual that it belongs to.Community property is anything that either party or both gained during the duration of their marriage. This may have been from one spouse that worked while the other remained home. Even if one spouse has a more significant contribution to the financial position of the couple, depending on the state this may not always be considered.

In equitable distribution it will be more important to make a strong case, since there can be an increased chance of either gaining or loosing depending on how persuasive your position is. You may be a spouse that made contributions to the marriage that did not have a financial reward and this should not prevent you from being considered. You may also be a spouse that did actually have a greater investment in the marriage, earning wages while your spouse hardly worked if at all. In any situation it is important to work alongside a professional that can review your case, provide an estimation on what you should be owed and pursue earning this amount in the court room.

Gain Compassionate Legal Advocacy

At the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo, we want to help you through your divorce with as little stress and delay as possible. It is important to have knowledgeable legal representation to guide you through the often confusing and emotional process of dividing property with your ex-spouse. We will apply our negotiation skills to see that you walk away from the divorce with your fair share of the marital assets.

Contact a Tampa divorce attorney from our office for a free case evaluation about your specific case and to learn more about what you can expect in the property division.

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