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Sorting your assets prior to divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Property Division |

Going through a divorce involving significant assets can be a challenging process. One key step in preparing for a divorce is conducting an inventory of your assets.

It is important to go over steps you should take to make sure that you have a comprehensive list of all assets.

Reviewing documents and listing assets

Start by gathering all relevant financial documents. These include bank statements, investment accounts, real estate deeds, retirement account statements, tax returns and any other documentation related to your assets. Organizing these documents will provide a clear picture of your financial situation and make it easier to identify all marital assets subject to division.

Next, create a comprehensive list of all assets owned individually and jointly with your spouse. This includes real estate properties, vehicles, valuable personal belongings, business interests, savings accounts, stocks, bonds and any other assets of significant value. Be sure to include details such as the current market value, acquisition date and any outstanding debts or liabilities associated with each asset.

Marital assets and separate assets

It is essential to differentiate between marital assets and separate assets. Marital assets are typically acquired during the marriage. On the other hand, one may have separate assets they owned prior to the marriage or received as gifts or inheritances. Understanding the distinction between these two types of assets is necessary in determining how the court will divide them during the divorce. Finally, maintain open and honest communication with your spouse throughout the asset inventory process. Transparency and cooperation can help streamline the divorce proceedings and facilitate a smoother resolution.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 3.6 out of every 1,000 people in Alabama got a divorce during 2021. This highlights the prevalence of divorce and the fact that you are not alone. However, it is very important to focus on the unique details of your divorce and safeguard your assets. Remember, thorough preparation is key to ensuring a fair and equitable division of assets during a divorce.