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Equitable Distribution in North Carolina

Protecting Your Property Interests in Divorce

When you're facing divorce, you suddenly become aware of all the property you have accumulated.

Your property interests may include:

  • The family home
  • Bank accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Ownership in a family business
  • Any number of other assets

    How can you protect what you've worked so hard to build? At Hartsoe & Associates, you can trust that your interests are in the right hands. Our attorneys understand the importance of your financial stability during this difficult transition. At our firm, you will find a team of passionate advocates who want to listen, understand your goals and vigorously pursue a timely and practical resolution.

    Contact Hartsoe & Associates to schedule a confidential consultation with our team. We have offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

    Equitable Distribution – What Does It Mean?

    In North Carolina, equitable distribution refers to the division of any assets and debts that accumulated during the marriage. It is thought that marriage is a partnership and that each spouse is entitled to receiving marital assets. The courts will decide what is a fair division of property, though it does not necessarily mean equal.

    The court considers several factors when determining what is equitable (fair):

    • Age and health of both spouses
    • Financial situation of both spouses, including any income or active support obligations
    • Contributions to the marriage, including contributions to homemaking or to the other spouse's employability
    • Actions by one spouse to preserve wealth or waste assets
    • Alimony or spousal maintenance determinations

    We Seek Cost-Effective Solutions That Avoid Animosity

    Our divorce and family law practice is led by veteran attorney R. Anthony "Tony" Hartsoe, who is certified by the state of North Carolina as a family law mediator. Whether representing your interests in negotiations or coaching you through divorce mediation, we commit to resolving property disputes as efficiently as possible without the added emotional and financial strain of trial. However, we are not afraid to take your case to court if that makes more sense to obtain a fair division of property.

    How We Can Help

    If you have questions about how to deal with property in a divorce or how North Carolina community property division laws will apply in your situation, we invite you to discuss your situation and concerns with our lawyer. We represent clients throughout the Piedmont Triad Area.

    Call (336) 390-4774 to learn more about how we can help you protect your assets.

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