December 31, 2019
Property and asset division is often one of the most contested issues in a divorce case. The law requires that everything earned, acquired, or otherwise accumulated during your marriage be divided on an equitable basis. In general, real estate, businesses, or other items you obtained prior to saying “I do” are immune from divorce proceedings. However, there are certain situations in which your spouse may be legally entitled to a share.
The Illinois Statutes provide guidelines for divorce and one of the areas of most concern to many couples is the rights to property and assets. Marital property is generally considered anything you acquired after your wedding and before filing for divorce. This includes:
You will be required to list all of these items in a financial affidavit, which is submitted to the court. Based on individual factors in your case, such as the length of the marriage and each person’s individual income or assets, the judge will divide all marital property in a way that is considered fair to both parties involved. Anything you acquired prior to getting married is generally considered non-marital property and exempt.
In some situations, your spouse may be able to claim a share of homes, cars, money in accounts, or other non-marital property you possess. This generally occurs in the following types of situations:
Where you put your partner’s name on the title of something you purchased prior to your marriage, such as a home or car;
In matters pertaining to property rights, the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group can help ensure your rights are protected. Contact our Chicago divorce attorneys and schedule a consultation to discuss your specific situation today.