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Property Division in Bellevue

Our Bellevue Divorce Lawyers Can Help with Property Division Issues

Property division is the dividing of property between two spouses during a divorce, and it's often one of the most contentious aspects of an Bellevue divorce. Feeling of resentment and frustration are common, because each partner has emotional or financial bonds to assets acquired during a marriage.

This type of reaction is human nature, mostly because each partner has their own idea of what "fair" division of property actually means. If you have only a few assets to divide, reaching an agreement may be relatively simple. But when there are a number of assets like real estate, automobiles, and personal possessions, divorce proceedings may quickly devolve into a shouting match.

Washington law demands that assets be divided equally between the two former partners during an Bellevue divorce. There are some exceptions to this explained below, but the goal is to reach a fair agreement. Your King County divorce attorney will find out what you think constitutes a fair division of property before negotiations begin, and then provide you with an accurate appraisal of whether your goals are attainable.

Our Bellevue divorce lawyers may also be able to secure assets that you obtained before getting married. Oftentimes, the court does not consider assets acquired before marriage as a shared asset so it's not subject to division.

There is no substitute for experienced legal counsel when going through a divorce, and our King County property division attorneys will help you protect assets that are rightfully yours. Property division will undoubtedly pose some challenges during your Bellevue divorce, so make sure you're getting reliable legal counsel from a lawyer you trust.

Special Circumstances that Could Affect Property Division During Your Divorce

While it's true that the court seeks to divide all assets in an equal and fair way, there are sometimes special circumstances that influence how property is divided. For example, one partner may have given up their own career to facilitate their spouse's career. In this scenario your Bellevue divorce attorney may be able to increase your portion of the divided assets. In essence, the would be the only way to create a fair end result, because you can't divide an education.

If you were a stay-at-home parent responsible for taking care of your children, you may have leverage to keep your home, or at least remain living in it. There are numerous other factors which could influence the division of property, so be sure to take extra time when explaining your situation to your lawyer.

Sometimes our clients believe they are entitled to a larger portion of marital assets because their spouse was an adulterer. While an unfaithful spouse can cause all sorts of resentment, the court does not allocate a larger share of assets for this reason. Washington State is no-fault state, which means the reasons why a marriage failed are irrelevant to divorce proceedings.

Still, if the unfaithful spouse used community assets to support their adulterous affair, or they maintained a drug habit with shared money, the court may consider leveraging the division of property to balance the scales.

Our Experienced Divorce Attorneys In Bellevue Offer A Free Consultation

Contact one of our experienced King County divorce lawyers for a confidential consultation without any obligation or risk. We will readily answer your questions about property division, and start mapping out a plan meant to give you the best chance of successfully resolving your divorce case. You can speak directly with one of our qualified Washington divorce attorneys about the things that matter most to you, and we will do our best to address you needs.

If you decide to retain one our divorce attorneys in Bellevue, you will need to disclose all of your assets before we begin negotiations with your partner and their attorney. Our Bellevue divorce lawyers will offer you trustworthy counsel as you make choices regarding assets like furniture, jewelry, automobiles, retirement accounts, and anything else you obtained while involved with your partner. Our Bellevue divorce attorneys will also review bank accounts and high value assets to ensure sure that you get treated fairly.

Obstacles are sometimes unavoidable during a divorce, but with over 50 years of collective experience, our Washington State divorce lawyers can help you with sensitive property division issues. If you own any assets with sentimental value, like a family heirlooms or prized hand-me-downs, our Bellevue lawyers will aggressively fight to protect the asset if that is your wish.

Our King County divorce attorneys will give your case the personalized attention it demands, while working to ensure that the outcome of your divorce is fair and balanced.

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