Protecting Your Financial Interests in Divorce
One of the key issues in divorce is the division of marital property. The outcome of property division proceedings will impact your financial security in the immediate future and for years to come.
At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., we have the experience and resources to handle complex, high-asset property division matters for clients in Naperville and throughout the Greater Chicago area.
With more than 30 years of experience, divorce attorney David N. Schaffer knows how to protect his clients’ rights in property division disputes. His background in taxation is especially helpful in ensuring that the government ends up with as little of your wealth as the law allows.
David works with leading experts in forensic accounting, business valuation, surveillance and intelligence gathering, and other fields, when appropriate, to provide clients with the effective, cutting-edge representation they deserve.
Understanding Property Division in Illinois
Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that all marital property will be divided in a fair, though not necessarily equal, manner. Marital property includes all assets and debts that were acquired during the marriage, such as:
- Real estate
- Retirement accounts
- Business assets
- Fine art
Nonmarital property such as gifts, inheritances or property otherwise kept separate is not subject to division.
We Take A Different Approach To Dividing Marital Assets
In handling property division matters, we carefully consider what is in our clients’ best interests. We do not believe in fighting just for the sake of it.
If you hire David, be prepared for him to dissuade you from spending thousands of dollars fighting over the dishes or an HDTV. If you are looking for a “scorched-earth” litigator who will settle your case only after draining both you and your spouse’s funds, this is not the firm for you. After all, a protracted legal dispute will often cost more than the value of the property at stake.
We are skilled negotiators who use our knowledge of Illinois property division laws to establish settlements that are favorable to our clients. We understand, however, that the other side is not always willing to be fair. When trial is necessary, we are always prepared.
We Help All Generations of Couples
Dividing marital property can be a fairly straightforward process for married couples, but what about romantic couples who have cohabitated for years? What happens to their “marital” assets?
Attorney David N. Schaffer can answer this question and more because he has experience working with clients from every generation group, including millennials. He understands the unique issues facing certain generations and how to resolve matters quickly and efficiently.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer About Your Property Division Issue
If you have concerns about protecting your right to marital property in Illinois, we are here for you. Contact us today online or call our office in Naperville at 630-922-4500 to arrange an initial consultation.