Property Division During the Divorce Process in Georgia

Georgia is an equitable distribution state, which means that the primary objective of the court will be reaching a fair division of marital property rather than a strictly equal one. Nevertheless, a 50-50 split of marital assets will usually represent a starting point for property division in Georgia, subject to adjustment based on the specific interests and needs of each party. Our experienced divorce attorneys can guide you through the process of dividing marital property.

Requirements of Equitable Property Division and Protecting Your Marital Property in Georgia

In Georgia, 50-50 property division is known as equitable distribution. This means that property and assets are divided fairly and equitably between both spouses in a divorce. However, this does not necessarily mean that the property and assets will be divided equally.

Before dividing the property, it must first be determined what assets are considered marital property. In Georgia, marital property includes any assets and property acquired during the marriage, regardless of whose name is on the title or deed. This can include real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, and personal property.

Once the marital property is identified, it must be valued. This can be done through appraisals or estimates. Once the value is determined, the court will consider several factors in determining how to divide the property equitably. These factors can include the length of the marriage, the age and health of both spouses, each spouse’s earning potential and financial needs, and any contributions made by each spouse to the acquisition and maintenance of the property.

In some cases, one spouse may be awarded a larger percentage of the property if they can show that they contributed more to the acquisition or maintenance of the property, or if they have a greater need for the property. Ultimately, the goal is to divide the property in a way that is fair and equitable to both spouses, even if it means that the division is not equal.

Marital Propterty Vs. Separate Property

The first step to dividing marital assets is to determine exactly what is and what is not marital property. Property acquired before marriage will usually be treated as separate property that will not be subject to division, but the non-marital character of an asset can sometimes be lost during the marriage. In some instances, a prenuptial agreement will dictate what property each party will be entitled to in the event of divorce. In other situations, such as a family business in which one spouse was a partner in name only, the issues may be less clear.

Protecting Your Business During a Divorce

Once it is determined that certain assets and liabilities are part of the marital estate, there must be an accurate valuation of the property. Our experience with business valuation as well as the valuation of family assets is a significant advantage in a complex divorce. We can help you identify the right ways to assess and protect the value of such assets as:

  • Businesses including S corporations, C corporations, LLCs and family-owned businesses.
  • Volatile or non-liquid assets such as stocks, bonds, collectible items or artwork.
  • Professional practices including physician’s offices, dental offices, law firms, veterinary clinics and accounting firms.
  • Real estate property including second homes, vacation property, commercial property or agricultural land.
  • Retirement accounts and pension plans.
  • Investments such as stocks, bonds, trusts or gold.

Many high net worth couples have executed prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that, if valid, will largely dictate the division of property in a divorce. If there is a strong disparity in financial strength or earning power between the spouses, arrangements for temporary spousal support or access to bank accounts will need to be made while the divorce and property division issues are pending. Similar arrangements may be necessary for the payment of marital and nonmarital debts such as mortgages, utilities, credit card bills, medical bills, student loans or taxes.

Hiring an Experienced Georgia Property Distribution Attorney

Even if you and your spouse can agree on how property should be distributed in your divorce, it is always a good idea to have an attorney that is familiar with property division in Georgia on your side. Georgia laws have specific requirements for equitable distribution that must be followed, and having an attorney can ensure that your rights and assets are protected. It is important to understand that equitable distribution does not always mean equal distribution.

Georgia considers marital property to be any assets and property acquired during the marriage, regardless of whose name is on the title or deed. This includes real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, and personal property. Before dividing the property, it must be valued and then divided in a way that is fair and equitable to both spouses.

Having an experienced attorney on your side can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure that you receive what is fair under Georgia divorce laws. The attorney can also help you get creative in your negotiations so that you can receive the property that you want or need. No matter how much or how little property you are dealing with in the dissolution of your marriage, a Georgia property division attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive what you are entitled to. Contact the highly-skilled property division attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C.

Skilled Alpharetta, GA, Division Of Property Lawyers

Determining what property is community and which was eparate can get complex and contentious. At  Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C., we’re here to guide you through every step of the process with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for you. We stay abreast of changes in Georgia divorce laws so our advice is timely and personalized.

With years of experience helping clients like you, our dedicated team of division of property lawyers understands the challenges you may be facing during this time of transition. Whether you’re going through a divorce, legal separation, or the dissolution of a domestic partnership, we’re here to provide the support and legal representation you need to protect your interests and secure your future.

Bespoke Approach To Georgia Property Division

We get to know you, your goals, and concerns so we know the right advice and legal protections to recommend. Every situation is unique, and we tailor our strategies to fit your specific needs and goals. From the moment you reach out to us, you can expect:

  • Compassionate Guidance: Dividing property can be emotionally taxing. That’s why we provide compassionate guidance every step of the way, offering support and understanding as we work together to find solutions that meet your needs.
  • Clear Communication: We believe in open and honest communication. Your division of property attorney listens to your concerns, answers your questions, and keeps you informed about the progress of your case, so you always know where you stand.
  • Strategic Advocacy: Our team of skilled division of property lawyers will advocate fiercely on your behalf, using our knowledge of the law and experience in negotiation and litigation to protect your rights and interests.

Comprehensive Property Division Services

We offer a comprehensive range of services related to division of property, including:

  • Asset Identification and Valuation: We’ll help you identify and value all marital assets, including real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, business interests, and personal property.
  • Property Division Negotiation: We’ll work with you and your former partner to negotiate a fair and equitable division of assets, taking into account factors such as each party’s contributions to the marriage, financial needs, and future earning potential.
  • Mediation and Collaborative Law: If you prefer to resolve your division of property issues outside of court, we can assist you with mediation or collaborative law, helping you reach mutually acceptable agreements in a cooperative and respectful manner.
  • Litigation: If negotiations break down or if litigation becomes necessary to protect your interests, our experienced trial attorneys will represent you effectively in court, advocating for your rights and fighting for a favorable outcome.

Why Choose Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. For Your Georgia Property Division

You’re in good hands with our legal team.  Our firm is known for:

  • Experience: With years of experience handling division of property cases, we have the knowledge and skills to navigate even the most complex situations.
  • Dedication: We’re committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. We’ll go above and beyond to protect your interests and help you move forward with confidence.
  • Client-Focused Approach: Your needs and goals are our top priority. We’ll work tirelessly to find solutions that meet your unique needs and achieve your desired outcome.

Contact Us Today

Ready to take the next step? Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced division of property lawyers. We’re here to help you through this challenging time and provide the support and guidance you need to protect your interests and secure your future.