Understanding Property Division In Utah Divorces

The decision to file for divorce is something that is very personal, and it can take a long time before you are comfortable moving forward. You may be concerned about what is going to happen to everything that you have worked so hard for, and we understand how stressful it can be to be facing the prospect of starting over.

At Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law, our experienced attorney and staff are here to provide you with detailed information about the division of marital property in your divorce case. You will be able to meet directly with our founding attorney, Stephen J. Buhler, who will be able to answer any questions that you may have, and you will work together to develop an approach that allows you to resolve your divorce in an efficient manner.

The Basics Of Property Division

In Utah, when a couple is unable to come to an agreement on the property division, the court will divide the property "equitably." Many people are confused about what this concept means, and think that this will lead them to getting a 50-50 split in their divorce. This is not necessarily true. The equitable division of marital property just means that the court will come to a decision that is believed to be "fair" to both parties.

What is fair depends on many different factors, and the court will look at each case individually. You have the chance to sway the court's opinion, but you need to have someone experienced on your side to make these arguments on your behalf. Some of the most common issues that arise during the division of marital property include:

  • Determining an appropriate division of a couple's assets and debts acquired during the marriage
  • Contemplating the options available in regards to the couple's marital home
  • Finding the value of a business owned by one or both of the spouses
  • Discussing the distribution of retirement assets collectively owned by the spouses
  • Calculating the amount of spousal support (alimony or maintenance) to be paid by one of the spouses

Attorney Buhler makes every attempt to find reasonable solutions before a trial becomes necessary. He understands the value of not having to fight over each and every issue, because in the long run, this rarely leads to a productive result for you.

We approach each case with a willingness to work with the other side, and are committed to doing so unless the opposing parties prove to have unreasonable demands. If this happens, we are prepared to argue for your property division rights inside the courtroom.

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We can save you the trouble of having to drive in downtown Salt Lake City. Our office is conveniently located in West Valley City, and we invite you to call us at 801-996-4193 or send us an email to arrange your free consultation with an experienced lawyer.