Making Sure Property Is Divided Fairly
Dividing marital property is one of the most important tasks in the divorce process. Marital property must first be identified, valued and then classified as either separate or marital. In Massachusetts, division of marital property is made on an equitable (but not necessarily equal) basis.
I am Barbara J. Katzenberg, a lawyer with extensive experience in all aspects of divorce, including the division of property. I work to obtain property settlements for clients throughout Worcester and Massachusetts that are fair and protect my clients’ rights.
Call me at 508-471-3281 to arrange for a consultation. I can explain the legal and financial issues that can affect the settlement you receive and discuss what I can do to help you receive the property you are entitled to.
What Is Marital Property?
Marital property consists of all the property you and your spouse have acquired during the course of your marriage, except certain types of property. Exceptions depend upon when and how it was acquired and the extent to which property was commingled with the marital property.
The problem comes when separate property is commingled with marital property — for example, when two spouses combine their separate savings to purchase a home. The longer the marriage lasts, the more difficult it becomes to identify property as separate or community. Identifying marital property is a complex issue, requiring the skill of an experienced attorney.
How Can An Attorney Help Me?
During my time as a divorce lawyer, I have handled cases involving a wide range of equitable distribution issues, including complex property division cases for clients with high net worth. I will work to achieve a division of property agreement that protects your rights and assets and enables you to move forward after divorce. In most cases, this means negotiating a property settlement agreement with the attorney for your spouse. If necessary, I am prepared to litigate assertively on your behalf.
Dispositions of property in anticipation of divorce can put you at a disadvantage. Before transferring any property, please speak with me.