Doylestown Equitable Distribution Lawyers
Knowledgeable Family Law Attorneys Help Clients in Doylestown, PA with Equitable Distribution Matters
When a married couple has amassed assets together, in divorce it becomes necessary to distribute those assets between the spouses. This division of assets is a process known as equitable distribution. Disputes in equitable distribution frequently arise over issues such as whether an asset is properly categorized as a marital asset subject to equitable distribution, the value of assets, and whether a spouse is receiving an adequate distribution. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, our Doylestown equitable distribution lawyers have years of experience helping clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania obtain a fair resolution in their equitable distribution matters. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys to learn more about your rights and options in equitable distribution and about how our firm can help you achieve an efficient and fair resolution to your equitable distribution matter. We offer a free consultation.
Doylestown, PA Family Lawyers Offer Vigorous Legal Representation to Spouses in Equitable Distribution Proceedings
Under Pennsylvania divorce law, marital assets and liabilities are divided according to equitable distribution. This does not mean that assets and liabilities are divided evenly. Instead, a court seeks to divide assets and liabilities fairly between spouses. Courts will consider a number of factors in determining equitable distribution, including:
- The length of the parties’ marriage
- The income of each spouse
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The separate assets of each spouse (including family gifts and inheritances)
- The contribution of each spouse to marital property
Equitable distribution seeks to recognize each spouse’s contribution (financial or otherwise) to the marriage and the wealth built up by the couple. As a result, marital misconduct, such as infidelity, is not a factor considered by the courts in determining equitable distribution.
Our equitable distribution attorneys have extensive experience helping clients with complex equitable distribution issues, such as the valuation and distribution of high-worth or complex assets like brokerage accounts, real estate, or business interests. We also help clients uncover assets hidden by their spouses in anticipation of divorce. We are also adept at guiding clients through negotiation to resolve equitable distribution issues, helping clients to reach an amicable resolution to any disputes. But our firm is perfectly prepared to go to court to fight to get our clients a fair distribution of the marital estate.
How Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Can Help You in Your Equitable Distribution Matter
One of the most important issues in most divorces is the division of assets and liabilities between the spouses. This is why it is critical to have excellent legal representation to guide you through the equitable distribution process. For over 65 years, the attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford have helped couples across Pennsylvania fairly divide their marital assets and liabilities. Our attorneys are especially adept with resolving equitable distribution disputes efficiently and amicably, leading to settlement between spouses. Of course, if an amicable settlement cannot be reached, we are more than ready to go to court to fight for clients’ rights and interests and ensure they receive a fair distribution of the marital estate.
Our firm’s commitment to sound, effective legal representation and client-focused service has been continuously recognized by our fellow Pennsylvania attorneys. Our partners have been named as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by other members of the Pennsylvania legal community. In addition, many of our associates have been named by their peers as Pennsylvania Rising Stars. Our firm as a whole has previously been named Best Law Firm by The Reporter’s Readers’ Choice and each year since 2010 has been named a “Best Law Firm” by US News and World Report. And since 1992, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford has received the highest AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating system.
Let Our Experienced Doylestown, PA Family Attorneys Guide You Through the Equitable Distribution Process
When a couple decides to divorce, it is necessary that they go through the process of separating their financial lives in addition to their personal relationship. Equitable distribution of marital assets between spouses can quickly become contentious if a spouse is asked to give up assets with personal value or believes that he or she is not receiving a “fair” share. If you are in the middle of an equitable distribution in your divorce in Doylestown, contact the family law attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford today to learn more about your legal rights and options and how our firm can help you obtain an equitable distribution that is fair to you. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
About Doylestown, PA
Doylestown is a borough that serves as the county seat for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Located 35 miles north of Philadelphia, Doylestown traces its origins to William Doyle, who in 1745 received a license to construct a tavern in what is now present-day Doylestown. The town’s favorable position between Philadelphia and Easton led to the community’s growth during the colonial era. In the early 19th century, the Pennsylvania General Assembly moved Bucks County’s county seat from its original location in Newtown to Doylestown. As the county seat, Doylestown developed a strong residential and professional character, focused on a collection of Federal-style buildings surrounding the old courthouse complex. Facing pressure from suburban sprawl following World War II, Doylestown redeveloped its downtown area, seizing upon a new appreciation for the borough’s historical architecture.
Frequently Asked Questions about Equitable Distribution in Doylestown, PA
Although it is not necessary to be represented by a lawyer during the equitable distribution process, it is highly advisable that every party going through divorce have legal representation. An attorney can advocate on your behalf and ensure that your interests and rights are protected so that you receive an equitable distribution that is fair to you. Having an attorney is especially important if you and your spouse have significant assets or particularly complex assets, such as real estate or business interests.
Many prenuptial agreements purport to establish how the parties intend to resolve the issue of equitable distribution in the event of their divorce. However, depending on the length of a marriage, a couple’s circumstances can drastically change and an arrangement that was seemingly fair at the time of a couple’s marriage may have become decidedly unfair. There are many circumstances under which a court may decline to enforce a prenuptial agreement, such as duress (one party did not voluntarily sign the agreement) or fraud, such as one party concealing assets from the other.