Secure A Favorable Divorce Settlement
When you add it all up, you and your spouse may have accumulated more wealth (and more debt) than you realize. Although Oregon divorce law requires an equitable split of those assets, obtaining your fair share of the marital estate is not so simple.
My law firm, Elaine D. Smith-Koop, LLC, is devoted to protecting your interests while working out the give-and-take of property division. As a family law attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience, I am familiar with all types of assets and a range of strategies for a fair and practical settlement. If an amicable agreement is not possible, I am always prepared to assert your rights in court.
Marion County Attorney For Division Of Assets In Divorce
My Salem law practice handles both contested divorce and uncontested divorce in Marion, Polk, Yamhill and surrounding counties of the Willamette Valley. I will sit down with you for an in-depth discussion of your marital assets, your goals and any obstacles in property division.
A common concern for divorcing couples is what to do with the marital home. If one party stays (usually the party with primary custody of the children), the other party must be compensated in some way. Or perhaps neither of you can afford to keep the house. I will help you make an informed decision about the house and everything subject to division such as:
- Real estate
- A closely held business
- Retirement funds
- An inheritance
- Stocks and investments
- Gun collections, jewelry and other valuables
- Loans and debts
I have the experience to address complicating factors such as business valuations, separate property owned before marriage, secret accounts or transferred assets, expenditures on extramarital affairs and (if applicable) spousal support.
Property division may involve trading of assets, buyouts, promissory notes and other creative ways of splitting the estate. My philosophy is to build on common ground to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, reserving litigation for complex legalities or a true impasse. When litigation is required, I am an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer.
Like everything else in a divorce, property division can be legally and emotionally difficult. I strive to provide compassionate support while also delivering solutions and proactively protecting your best interests.