Protecting Your Assets During Divorce

If marriage feels complicated sometimes, divorce can be even more complicated. The most essential aspect of a divorce is division of marital property. What was yours before the marriage or acquired by gift or inheritance during the marriage should remain yours after the divorce. Generally, what has been acquired during the marriage is marital property and will be distributed or divided between the spouses as part of the divorce. You may have hoped your marriage could be saved, but once divorce is in motion, it is important to be savvy about your future financial well-being.

Prioritizing Your Assets

Save yourself time and money by deciding early on which marital assets you care the most about and which are worth the time and expense of fighting to save. Your art or gun collection may matter a great deal, especially if there is sentimental value attached. Your lawn mower and shovel may matter much less. With your priorities clearly in mind, you can save time and money during preparation for and during settlement negotiations. You alone know which assets matter most to you, and I will work with you to devise the best strategies for keeping those assets by agreement or court order.

Keep in mind it is essential for the parties in a divorce action to disclose all assets. Concealing assets or giving something to a friend or relative for safekeeping can lead to more costly legal problems. If you are worried about the impact of your divorce on your business, investments, family-held real estate or special assets such as pets, a vacation property owned with friends or relatives, livestock such as cattle or horses, or antique collections, talk to an attorney about the best way to go about protecting those particular assets. I am attorney Jim Weatherly, ready to guide you through this difficult process with sensitivity to your priorities.

Helping You Resolve Your Property Division Issues

Open-mindedness can go a long way when it comes to figuring out how to divide your marital estate fairly and efficiently. What does the law say and what is the judge in your county's family law court likely to say about what you want or the asset division agreement you and your spouse may arrive at? Talk to a knowledgeable family law attorney about creative ways to limit losses on both sides. With my 40-plus years of legal experience, I have valuable advice when it comes to property division and all aspects of your divorce.

Deciding Whether To Settle Or Fight

You and your soon-to-be ex may reach a settlement agreement. This is the best-case scenario for most couples. However, this is never a given. Your husband's or wife's attorney or family members may be pushing for a more contentious path. It is important to know your rights. It is also important to weigh in the balance the risks and potential benefits of taking your case before a judge or reaching an out-of-court settlement.

Even if you are not 100 percent satisfied with the outcome of a settlement, you should carefully consider alternative results that may come from a divorce trial. You should be well-informed in making decisions on the best path to resolution of the divorce. It is rare that litigants are ever completely satisfied after either settlement or trial. My experience as a Tennessee family law attorney should help you make the choice that is best for you.

An Attorney Who Can Help Bolster Your Position

I want my clients to understand their situations clearly. As your divorce lawyer and skillful advocate, I can help you protect assets in a divorce. Call my office, James L. Weatherly Jr., Attorney at Law, in Nashville, at 615-988-4939 or send me an email inquiry to get the conversation started.