Family Law and Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.
Equitable Distribution refers to the division of marital assets between spouses as a result of a divorce. First, the Court identifies the marital vs. non-marital property of each party. If your spouse does not agree that your property is non-marital, it is your burden to prove that fact. Second, the Court must identify and value the marital property. Marital property includes all of the assets and liabilities that are not characterized as non-marital.
Under Florida law, there is a presumption that marital property should be distributed equally, no matter who generated the income or made the investment that created the asset or debt. However, there are situations where the Court will grant unequal distribution based on a finding that it is not equitable or fair to equally divide marital assets. Unequal distribution cases are relatively rare and require very specific evidence and/or fact patterns to justify the unequal distribution. Our firm has significant experience in this complex arena.
If you need assistance with equitable distribution, divorce, paternity suits, or other family law matters, please contact our office, as our attorneys have extensive experience in equitable distribution disputes in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and the surrounding West Florida areas.