Helping You Get What You Need To Move Forward From Your Divorce
Dividing up your property can be very difficult. You need to be financially stable after the divorce is final. As you and your spouse separate yourselves from the other, you may come into conflict over who is entitled to what, or how much of certain property and assets. Having a Honolulu attorney who understands property division can help you get your share of your marital property.
Scot Stuart Brower has been helping people through divorce for more than 35 years. His experience in this area of law, as well as others, has taught him how to correctly use the legal system to achieve the best possible result for his clients. He and his team at the Law Offices of Scot Stuart Brower will guide you through the divorce process and help you be prepared for life after divorce.
The Partnership Principle
In Hawaii, the determination is that regardless of how much each of you contributed to the marriage financially, you were partners in this marriage and therefore you each should get an equitable portion of the marital property. This usually works out to about half, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as:
- One spouse has become handicapped during the marriage
- One spouse made an extraordinary amount of money during the marriage
- One spouse is unable to support himself or herself
Depending on these circumstances, the court may be willing to award alimony or give the less well off spouse more of the marital property to compensate.
Marital property includes everything that the two of you built or purchased together during the marriage. You each get to keep property and assets that each of you brought into the marriage. However, if any of those properties and assets increased in value during the marriage, such as a house, investments or a business, that increase counts as part of the marital property.
Scot Stuart Brower will review your financial situation, as well as that of your spouse. If necessary, he will consult with financial experts, such as accountants, tax advisors and business valuators, to determine what is and is not marital property. He will negotiate with your spouse and his or her lawyer for a fair portion of the marital property. If the two of you are unable to come to an agreement, his skill as a trial attorney is well known. He will fight for your rights and interests.