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How RI Courts Fairly Divide Assets

"Equitable distribution" refers to the fair division of assets between two parties in a divorce. In our state, family courts use a number of statutory factors in attempting to divide assets equitably and fairly between two individuals.

It is important to note that equitable distribution should not be mistaken for an even 50/50 split of the marital assets.

Family courts generally view marriage as a partnership, so even if one of the individuals has not directly contributed to the financial success of the other, that individual may be entitled to a significant share of the assets based on other contributions. For example, a wife may not have worked at or helped establish a husband's business, but she may be entitled to certain assets based on the fact that she helped him succeed by managing the household and acting as the primary caretaker of the children.

How an Attorney Can Protect Your Assets

If you are intent on ensuring a fair asset division in your divorce, it is recommended that you contact a Rhode Island divorce attorney for help. With legal representation, you can more easily establish which of your assets are considered "marital," such as:

  • real estate
  • pensions
  • tax refunds
  • stock options
  • court awarded damages

Once you have determined what should legally be yours, an attorney can seek an outcome in which you receive all of the assets you are entitled to.

Make an Appointment Today

The Law Office of Patricia A. Sullivan is here to help you pursue the equitable distribution of your marital assets. After more than three decades of legal practice, my firm has acquired the legal resources needed to give you the best chance of a positive result in your case.

Having represented many clients in divorce cases, I understand that the process is difficult. First and foremost, my goal will be to amicably resolve your case. If that isn't possible, I will take strong legal action on your behalf in an effort to protect the assets that are rightfully yours. Get a free consultation today!