Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state when it comes to the division of marital assets. As opposed to a “community property” state, equitable distribution does not presume an equal division of marital property, and the goal of economic justice will frequently dictate otherwise.
Equitable distribution is a three-step process, requiring the identification of the components of the marital estate, the valuation of these assets, and the application of relevant economic factors to determine the actual distribution between the parties.
The division of marital property is one of the most complex phases of the divorce process - which is why you should contact the family law attorney at Sebald & Hackwelder. From the most straightforward divorce involving minimal property to high-asset cases involving businesses, investments, and retirement accounts, our family law attorneys use their valuable experience and negotiation skills to achieve your property division goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Our family law attorneys at Sebald & Hackwelder would be happy to meet with you at our Erie, PA office to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have regarding this complex process.
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