Ensure Assets are Divided Fairly

Couples with significant or complex marital estates have a lot at stake in a divorce. Absent any premarital agreement, the couple is left with Texas' community property laws to determine how their property should be distributed. Complex property division attorney Bruce C. Zivley has regularly handled family law and divorce cases in Houston, TX, for the last 30 years. His knowledge and resources can help you ensure that assets are divided fairly and efficiently. Whether you are involved in a contested or uncontested divorce, Mr. Zivley has the skill and judgment to aptly handle the division of your property.

Dividing Complex Marital Estates

In Texas, if divorcing spouses do not have a premarital agreement and cannot negotiate a property settlement agreement, the court will divide marital property — community property — in a manner that it deems fair and just.

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If a significant marital estate is at stake, an attorney can help protect your best interests.

Categorizing Your Property

Any property owned before the marriage began is generally considered still to be owned separately — unless it was commingled with marital property. On the other hand, property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is typically considered marital property — with the exception of gifts or inheritances given to one spouse. There are exceptions to each of those rules.

Any type of property could be determined to be either community or separate property including:

  • Business interests
  • Real estate interests
  • Vacation homes
  • Rental income
  • Stock options
  • Deferred incentives
  • Dividends
  • IRAs, 401(k) accounts and other retirement or pension plans
  • Personal property such as collections, artwork, jewelry, vehicles, etc.
  • Other significant assets

Why Hire an Attorney?

Questions of how to categorize individual items are only magnified in more complex marital estates. Frequently, each spouse brought significant assets to the marriage. They may have started a professional practice or a family-owned partnership before the marriage but continued to build it during the course of the marriage.

Mr. Zivley has used his experience over the years to ensure his clients' interests are fully protected by locating hidden assets, obtaining proper business valuations and property appraisals, and utilizing other resources to make certain that all assets are carefully considered and assessed. Additionally, he is skilled in resolving disputes over the determination of assets as separate or community property.

Mr. Zivley's knowledge and resources can help you ensure that assets are divided fairly and efficiently.

Protecting Your Best Interests

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or call us today at (713) 600-5561. Mr. Zivley is a legal professional who can provide legal counsel regarding property division or any other aspect of your divorce

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"Bruce handled my divorce. He was efficient and effective, always responsive and accessible. He provided great advice and kept the discussion fact-based and objective when I was occasionally tempted to focus on emotional aspects of the situation.*"

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