Who Gets What?

We Help You Navigate The Difficult Process Of Dividing Marital Property

Massachusetts law calls for the equitable distribution of marital assets and debts as part of any divorce. However, the term "equitable" does not mean all assets and debts are divided equally. A probate and family court judge has great discretion when determining how to divide marital property. In fact, although a couple's property must be classified as marital property and separate property, Massachusetts law allows the court to divide all property, no matter its classification, in any manner deemed fair. (Separate property is property acquired before the marriage, through inheritance or as a gift.)

At the Law Office of Susan Castleton Ryan, P.C., in Abington, we work with our clients to resolve property division matters, divorce issues, and other family law matters. We take a team approach to our cases. That way, we can provide our clients with the personal attention and skilled advocacy they need.

Experienced In Complex Property Division Matters

Our attorneys have extensive experience guiding individuals through the property division process. Their training and experience in estate administration provide them with a valuable understanding of complex assets. Our team is able to identify and accurately value complex holdings such as:

  • Pensions or retirement accounts
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Second homes and investment property
  • Professional partnerships
  • Corporate profit-sharing plans

Securing A Sound Financial Foundation For The Future

One of the biggest challenges in a divorce is mastering a new financial situation after your household divides into two. We help our clients start on the strongest possible financial footing by protecting their interests when dividing property in divorce.

In building your case, we will assess the same factors the court will consider if you and your spouse are unable to resolve matters on your own. These include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The current and future needs of any children from the marriage
  • The age and health of both parties
  • The income of both parties
  • The vocational skills and employability of both parties
  • Misconduct on the part of either party that led to the breakdown of the marriage
  • The contributions of one party to increasing the other party's vocational skills
  • The contributions of both parties to the value of the family estate or, conversely, the role either party played in the irresponsible depletion of marital assets (such as gambling)

Free Consultation With A Lawyer About Your Divorce

We invite you to call us at 781-523-9087 or use the online contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation. You will meet with the legal team who will handle your case. Our entire team takes great pride in providing personalized service from that first appointment to the resolution of your case.