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Property Division

Aside from child custody, Division of Property can be one of the most contentious and complicated issues to settle in the course of a divorce. Coming to a property settlement agreement is never easy. Ownership rights depend greatly on the state the couple resides in and whether or not that state is a Community Property or Non-Community Property state. Division of property can be decided with an agreement between the two parties, via a property settlement, or by judicial decree.

Equitable Distribution of Property

As non-community, or equitable distribution, states, Kansas and Missouri courts will attempt “fair and reasonable” distribution of marital property. In a non-community state, “fair and reasonable” may or may not result in a 50/50 split of property. Factors that are considered may include (but are not limited to):

  • Duration of marriage
  • Age and health of parties
  • Income and earning ability of both parties
  • Debt and liabilities of each spouse. May include (but not limited to):
    • Mortgage
    • Car loans
    • Bank loans
    • Business loans
    • Home improvement loans
    • Unpaid bills
  • Value of marital property
  • Who is primary caregiver of children
  • Contribution of a spouse to their partner’s higher education or job advancement opportunities during the course of the marriage
  • The relative disadvantage of each spouse after divorce
  • Services as a homemaker
  • Tax consequences
  • Waste and dissipation
  • Fault
  • Premarital agreements

The attorneys at The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC understand how complex a property division settlement can be. When the opposing parties own significant assets, a divorce strategy can become highly complex and challenging. We will use our years of experience in Family Law to develop a strategic approach to your divorce and maximize your portion of the financial settlement.

Let us restore order to this stressful time in your life. Contact us today for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC
Belletower Office Building
4700 Belleview, Suite 404
Kansas City, MO 64112

Phone: (816) 531-6000
Fax: (816) 531-3939