Divorce and Equitable Distribution

Whether you have been married for 20 years or 20 months, when your life as a married couple ends, you need to find an efficient and positive way to separate from your spouse and divide possessions, property, assets and liabilities. At the Law Office of Stephanie L. Murphy, we help clients with all aspects of your divorce, including the equitable division of the marital estate.

The longer your divorce drags on, the fewer assets you will have left to divide in the end. That's the ugly truth of divorce. However, Stephanie Murphy and her team will work with you to bring that difficult and expensive process to an end as expeditiously as reasonably possible. When you have real property (real estate, condos, homes, raw land), business interests, retirement or pension assets, stocks, stock options, LLCs, partnership interests, and other assets and debt issues, it gets complicated. While we are very good at working toward the division of small marital estates, Stephanie Murphy excels at sorting out complicated divorces. We can work the numbers on your behalf to minimize the cost to you and to maximize your share of the assets.

Experience with High Asset Divorce Cases

In any divorce, and particularly in high asset divorce, there are two important aspects to take into account in terms of complex property division:

  • The time value of the money - meaning its present day value versus its future value.
  • Tax consequences - for example, the money you have in a money market or IRA you withdraw now will result in income taxes. Factor in commissions to sell assets and you may want to rethink withdrawing money or selling assets.

In addition, our team can help determine if there are questions that need to be investigated, such as hidden assets or fraudulent transfers of property, and we can look into potential criminal conduct, such as extortion.

Stephanie Murphy has handled many complex, high asset divorce cases as well as simple equitable distribution matters, and she understands where the difficulties and pitfalls may be for you.

Mediation and Litigation

We are happy to work with people in mediation, arbitration, or any other "out-of-court" forum - ironing out the details of your divorce proactively through mediation, rather than in court. In some instances, however, seeking a resolution from a trial judge becomes necessary. Stephanie Murphy is an experienced trial lawyer and she and her team can vigorously represent you if your divorce case goes to court.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

As you enter this transitional time in your life, trust your divorce and equitable distribution issues to an experienced Sarasota divorce attorney who cares. Call us at 941-328-8142, or toll free at 800-679-3004, to schedule an initial consultation. Or, if you prefer, contact us by e-mail using our online submission form. For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards.