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Scottsdale Attorneys for Complex Property Division

Dividing the Marital Estate in Your Arizona Divorce

Arizona is a community property state, which means that wealth accumulated during the marriage is presumed to be split 50-50 in divorce. However, the actual division of marital assets can be complicated, especially for business owners, professionals and high earners. For solid footing in settlement talks or in court, you need a knowledgeable lawyer to help you determine which assets and debts are subject to being divided and how to value those assets correctly.

The attorneys of Childers & Huey PLC are experts and thoroughly familiar with high-asset divorce and complex property division. In appropriate cases, we engage top-level financial experts, forensic accountants and investigators to assist in protecting our clients' financial interests. For an appointment with one of our Arizona community property division lawyers, please call the firm at 480-624-2776 or contact us online.

Asset Valuation and Allocation

The first step in property division is an inventory of all marital assets and debts. For couples with a high net worth, this process may also include finding commingled or hidden assets. We have a team of professionals on hand who are able to efficiently investigate and locate assets.

Financial assets, personal and real property must then be valued. We ensure assets are properly characterized as community property or sole and separate. Our lawyers have experience in divorces involving:

Business Savvy and a Network of Experts

Our experienced lawyers, Bruce K. Childers and Joseph Huey, have an extensive background in business law, matrimonial law and civil litigation. We understand how to value and divide all types of commercial entities, including closely held businesses, professional practices, family partnerships and other complex assets of high net worth clients. We also understand the nuances of stock options, restricted stock options, vested stock options, stock grants and defined benefit plans and the financial and tax implications in divorce. Bruce Childers is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a family law specialist. He also holds an MBA and formerly taught business courses at Arizona State University for 10 years. His credentials in both divorce and business are a distinct advantage to our business clients in these complex financial matters.

We prepare for trial, in part to put our clients in the best position for a favorable out-of-court property settlement agreement. We know how to estimate spousal maintenance (alimony) and account for it in the give-and-take of property division. We serve as a "quarterback" to direct the various professionals involved and synthesize their findings.

Scottsdale Lawyers for Complex Property Division

After your divorce is finalized, the property settlement is not easily changed. This makes it important to have an attorney who can argue for your rights and obtain the property settlement you deserve during the divorce. As experienced trial lawyers, we have the negotiation and litigation skills necessary to protect your rights.

Please call our office at 480-624-2776 today to schedule an appointment.