contested divorceComplex & Contested Divorce Springfield MA

If you or your spouse is filing for divorce in the Springfield area and one or both of you have large assets, properties or businesses, these issues can complicate your case. Not all attorneys are equipped to deal with complex and contested divorces, but Attorney Michelle Begley has handled countless cases involving:

  • High-asset divorce
  • Complex property and asset division
  • Business owner, executive or professional divorce
  • Divorce involving inheritance, pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s
  • Alimony issues

Often in complex divorce cases, it is necessary to consult with experts such as business valuators, financial advisers, accountants or appraisers — even if you are trying to achieve an uncontested divorce. Our firm works with a large network of professionals to ensure that utmost consideration is paid to every aspect of your case. If you believe your spouse is hiding assets, we can investigate and ensure equitable distribution.

What Am I Entitled To?

In Massachusetts, all property acquired during a marriage is presumed to be marital property subject to division.  There are exceptions, however, and if it can be proven that something was owned prior to the marriage, inherited or gifted, you may be able to prove separate property ownership. Every divorce is very specific to the unique circumstances of the couple.   In the case of a 401(k) or pension, it is necessary to secure a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) to divide these accounts. This process can be complicated, and it is imperative that you have a lawyer to advise you.

How Can I Protect My Assets Now?

Sometimes in a complex or contested divorce, one party fears that the other will spend all of his or her assets before the divorce is finalized. In these situations, you can have orders implemented to protect your assets. These orders place automatic restraining orders on each spouse during divorce proceedings and regulate spending during this time.

Take Control Of Your Divorce

Although the legal system can seem overwhelming, securing exceptional legal counsel can make a vast difference between reaching an agreement and going to trial. Whatever your circumstances, our firm is strategic and aggressive in our role as your individual advocate. Call us at 413-733-1400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.