Pittsburgh Property Division Lawyers

If two parties are unable to divide their marital assets and debt amicably following divorce, Pennsylvania courts will do so using an equitable distribution model. The term "equitable distribution" does not imply that assets and debts are divided equally, but rather what the court considers to be fair given the specific facts and circumstances of your situation.

The court will consider a number of factors when determining how to divide marital assets. Some of these include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age, health, financial stability and sources of income for both parties
  • The standard of living established by the parties during the marriage
  • Any contribution of one party to the education, training or earning power of the other party
  • Whether either party will be serving as the custodial parent for minor children

Experienced Pittsburgh Property Division Attorneys

Whether through litigation, negotiation, mediation or all of the above, the experienced legal team at McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy works with our clients to formulate a specific plan and utilize all available avenues at our disposal to effectively resolve the division of marital property.

If necessary, we work with real estate valuators, forensic accountants and other financial professionals to obtain the accurate valuation of complex holdings such as investment real estate, closely held businesses, pensions, retirement accounts and profit-sharing plans.

However, property division matters cannot always be resolved through negotiation. Our lawyers are trial-tested and always prepared to advocate aggressively on our clients' behalf in court. You can be assured that we understand how to protect your rights in property disputes and all other family law concerns.

Often, the toughest issues to resolve are identifying marital property and what the value is of certain marital property. With limited exceptions, such as property that has been inherited, Pennsylvania law defines marital property as any property acquired between the date of the marriage and the date of separation, regardless of whose name is on the title.

It is not uncommon for a party to attempt to hide income or provide incomplete or inaccurate information regarding income and assets. If necessary, we will work with forensic accountants, tax specialists, business valuators and others who can bring clarity to the total financial picture in order to obtain a fair judgment regarding equitable distribution.

Contact McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy

It is critical to protect your rights and receive the proper proportion of marital assets to safeguard your financial stability following divorce. Put our experience to work for you by calling 412-471-9900 or using our online contact form to schedule an appointment.