Des Moines Property Division Attorneys

Capable Representation for Modest to High Net Worth Marital Estates

Your future financial security depends in great part on the fair share
of marital property you obtain during your
divorce. Iowa is an equitable distribution state, which means that the court divides
marital property according to rules and guidelines designed to ensure
a fair but not necessarily equal outcome.

Because this is another area where the court has broad discretion, you
need an experienced attorney who knows the law and can present your circumstances
in the most favorable light. Hope Law Firm can manage the most complex
property disputes, asserting our clients’ rights in negotiations
and at trial to help ensure a positive result.

(515) 298-5056 now for a free consultation to discuss your case with our Des Moines property
division attorneys.

How Courts in Iowa Practice Equitable Distribution

When divorcing in Iowa, you are entitled to keep all of your separate property
and a “fair” share of your marital property.

The process includes:

  • Identifying all property — Full financial disclosure from both spouses is imperative if the
    court is to reach a fair result. Our attorneys use the discovery process
    to make sure no assets are transferred or hidden to avoid being counted.
  • Categorizing property as separate or marital — Generally, items like gifts and inheritances are separate property
    (unless they’ve been commingled and treated as marital), as are
    items specifically excluded in valid
    prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. All other assets and debt, including retirement savings, are marital
    property and subject to distribution.
  • Placing a value on marital property — Assets must be assessed at their fair market value. Certain holdings,
    such as real estate and family businesses, can be difficult to put a price
    on and can require expert appraisal. We consult with experts in this field
    to help ascertain true value.
  • Distributing the property equitably to the parties — The court applies numerous factors in determining how much of
    the marital estate is fair for each spouse to receive. Your attorney’s
    ability to argue on the basis of these factors can play a key role in
    the court’s decision. The court’s judgment on the amount of
    property a dependent spouse receives can also affect its ruling on

The distribution of property is one element of divorce for which a
post-judgment modification is not allowed (unless you can prove fraud), so you have to get it right
the first time. That starts with selecting to right attorney to manage
your divorce. We work in good faith to negotiate settlements that are
acceptable to both sides, eliminating the risk of an adverse judgment.
But our Des Moines property division lawyers also litigate aggressively
when a trial is necessary to ensure a fair outcome.

Contact Hope Law Firm for Capable Assistance in Marital Property Division

Hope Law Firm has extensive experience in complex property cases, as well as other
family law issues. Whether you have a modest or high-value marital estate, you can rely
on our quality representation.

Call us at(515) 298-5056 or
contact our office online to schedule an appointment.