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Protecting Your Assets During a Divorce

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.

Call (813) 867-7936 today to set up an initial consultation.

Categories: Divorce, Property Division
  • Experienced Advocacy

    Get help from the trustworthy legal counsel from a former prosecutor and 35+ years' experience

    More About the Firm
  • Professional Reputation

    Read what real judges have to say about the work Catherine Real provides to her clients.

    Real Testimony
  • Mediation Services

    Our Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator offers an alternative to a contested divorce.

    Choose Mediation
  • Request Your Consultation

    Ready to discuss your case? Contact the firm today to request a meeting with Attorney Real.

    Get Started Now

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