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Divorce is a challenging and emotional process that also involves many legal and logistical issues, such as the division of shared assets and properties. In Texas, family courts follow a community property system, which means that assets acquired during the marriage are generally considered community property and subject to equal distribution in divorce.  This does not, however, mean that property distribution is always straightforward. Various factors and unique circumstances can lead to complex issues during the divorce process.

Types of Property Distribution Issues that Can Arise in a Divorce

In Texas, community property includes assets and debts acquired by either spouse during the marriage, generally speaking. This encompasses a wide range of properties, such as real estate, bank accounts, investments, businesses, and personal belongings. While community property is usually split equally, exceptions may arise based on specific circumstances.

Of course, not all property is considered community property. Separate property includes assets owned by one spouse before the marriage, gifts, inheritances, and personal injury awards. Determining separation property can be complicated, especially when commingling occurs. Property is considered to be commingled when separate property is mixed with community property, leading to complexities in the division process.

In addition to determining what property is community and what is separate, there can be a number of other issues that can arise during property distribution in a divorce. For instance, business valuation can be a challenging issue. When both spouses hold a property right in a business, the value of the business must be determined before it is divided in a divorce. A thorough business valuation is crucial to ensure a fair distribution, but this process can be intricate and may involve hiring financial experts to assess the business’s worth.

There are also issues uniquely associated with dividing retirement accounts and investments in a divorce. This division requires careful consideration of tax implications and potential penalties. Specialized orders, such as Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), may be necessary to facilitate the proper distribution of retirement benefits without incurring tax consequences.

Real estate and homeownership can also present unique issues in property distribution during the divorce process. The family home, after all, is often one of the most significant assets in a divorce. Deciding whether to sell the property, buy out the other spouse, or continue joint ownership can be contentious. Moreover, issues may arise if the home has appreciated in value or if there are outstanding mortgages and loans.

Family Law Attorneys

Navigating the complexities of property distribution in a Texas divorce requires a nuanced understanding of family law and a strategic approach tailored to each unique situation. After all, property distribution can have a significant impact on your post-divorce life and financial well-being. Make sure it is handled with trusted, experienced hands. Reach out to the team at Navarrete & Schwartz to make sure that property is properly divided in your divorce. We are proud to serve the residents of Midland, Texas. Contact us today.