One of the most difficult issues to resolve in any divorce concerns the division of the couple’s marital property. If you and your spouse have accumulated substantial assets while married, own a business together or have retirement accounts, this can prove to be an extremely complicated issue that may lead to serious disputes.
Further complicating financial matters during and after a divorce is the question of spousal support, or alimony. In some cases, ex-spouses choose to maintain a financial relationship after the end of their marriage.
At the Law Office of Scott Niebling, located in Portland, I represent men and women in divorce matters. I understand the impact the divorce has upon your future. I will work tirelessly to help you protect your property, and I am focused on developing solutions that are in your best interests.
An Attorney Committed To Achieving The Best Results For You And Your Family
I provide comprehensive counsel to men and women involved in divorce proceedings. I am committed to helping my clients find the best possible solution to their cases. From the moment you work with my firm, you will work directly with a lawyer who is experienced in finding solutions to cases like yours whether by agreement or trial.
I handle all matters related to the distribution of marital assets and obligations, including:
- Dividing real and personal property such as a principal or vacation home, jewelry, boats or vehicles and electronics
- Financial accounts, including savings and checking, as well as investments such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds
- Retirement funds, including IRAs, 401(k)s, pensions and deferred compensation
- Business interests including any business that you may own with your spouse
- Determining whether alimony (spousal support) may be required in your situation, and if so, the amount and duration of this support
For spouses who are self-employed or own small businesses, it can be especially difficult to equitably divide assets in the course of a divorce. I can help you accurately calculate your income, appraise the value of your business and your assets, and work toward a division of property that reflects your interests.
The laws in Washington may be significantly different from those in Oregon. Call me, or contact my office online to talk further about which laws apply to your specific situation.
Protecting The Future Of Your Business
If you are a business owner, you need to be very careful about the decisions you make during your divorce. Whether you own the business on your own or with your spouse, the future of the company may be at risk if you make the wrong choices at this time.
I assist with all of the issues that accompany the division of business assets in a divorce. I will work with financial professionals to get a proper valuation of the entity, and discuss with you the various options that are available. I will help you determine the right approach to take that allows you to achieve your goals.
Understanding Marital Debt Repercussions
The divorce court will award each spouse a share of the martial debt. The equitable distribution of debt in a divorce proceeding is based on a number of different factors and can be as significant as the distribution of marital property to a person’s financial future.
Even though the court may award your ex-spouse a marital debt, like a credit card bill acquired during the marriage, the credit card company can still seek repayment from you, if the card was jointly held and your spouse fails to pay the obligation.
On occasion, an ex-spouse who fails to pay the marital debt awarded to them will attempt to discharge this debt in bankruptcy. I help my clients who face this situation recover what they paid the creditor from their ex-spouse, even when the ex-spouse files bankruptcy.
Contact The Law Office of Scott Niebling
For an appointment, contact me online or call my office at 503-505-6072 (toll free at 888-366-8702). I offer client meetings weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. as well as evening and weekend consultations. I accept Visa and MasterCard and installment payments.