Whether officials and society want to admit it or not, there is often an
unfair bias against men during a divorce. The unspoken, underlying assumption
is that the man has done something wrong, or that the woman deserves more
control over the custody of their children due to apparent maternal instincts.
Obviously, there are problems with this line of thinking. And yet, men
all across the country have to deal with it when dissolving their marriage.
If you are going through a
divorce, there are a few things you need to know to protect your assets from your
ex-spouse and a tilted legal system. Otherwise, you could wind up giving
the lion’s share of your hard-earned property and assets.
What Assets Should Be Protected?
In Florida, divorce courts are supposed to use a system known as
equitable distribution. You might be thinking, “Equitable means equal.” That would
be wrong. In this regard, it usually means “fair,” which can
often directly translate to losing more than half of your property. If
you do not mediate outside of court and decide what is going to who and
why, it will be up to a judge to make the decisions for you. The duration
of the marriage, who is staying in your home, your individual salaries,
and your contributions as a parent or homemaker, among several other factors,
will all be considered when a judge divvies out your assets.
Certain pieces of your estate should be considered protected from the get-go,
however, such as:
Premarital property: Anything that you can show was yours and yours alone before being married.
Gifts: Things given specifically to you for your personal use.
Inheritances: Articles or items you obtain through a will or trust created by a family member.
In some cases, you might also be able to keep monies earned through retirement
benefits or personal injury lawsuits. Although, quite often, a judge will
order that even a portion of these assets be granted to your ex.
Who Can Help Me Out?
Just as it is difficult to guarantee what will not be taken by your ex,
it is also difficult to guarantee what
will be. With the help of a professional family lawyer, you might be able to
successfully construct an argument that defends your best interests and
your assets. If you have found yourself in a situation where you think
matters are being skewed in your disfavor just because you are a man,
let Tampa Divorce Attorney Catherine W. Real help you. With her 35+ years
of experience and in-depth knowledge of all issues surrounding divorce,
you will know that you have a strong litigator in your corner.
(813) 867-7936 today to set up an