What could go wrong when dividing marital assets during divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Divorce |

Most people expect the property division process to go on smoothly when they decide to divorce, but it’s not always the case. Several issues can complicate matters and get in the way of a fair settlement. If your divorce settles and you get less than you deserve, that can affect your financial future and security.

To better ensure smooth sailing and protect your interests, it helps to be wary of potential hurdles when dividing the assets you’ve acquired as a couple. The following are a few of the most common.

Hidden assets

Your spouse may try to conceal assets to avoid dividing them. This can involve transferring them to family members or friends or even hiding money in offshore accounts. When this happens, you will get short-changed as it denies you your rightful share of the marital assets.

Asset valuation and identification

Identifying and valuing marital assets can be challenging You may disagree on the value of certain assets, especially if they have sentimental value or are difficult to appraise, such as artwork or businesses. This can present a headache and complicate the entire process. Debt division can also be contentious. Determining which debts are marital and how to divide them can lead to disagreements.

Tax implications

You should never overlook the tax consequences of your divorce. Some assets can trigger tax liabilities when divided, and you should consider this concern in your settlement. You do not want to be left with significant tax burdens when the divorce is settled.

The good news is you can take proactive measures to avoid or mitigate these and other risks associated with the property division process. Seeking legal assistance to understand and assert your rights can help you achieve a fair settlement of your divorce.