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Let Us Properly Guide You Through Your Divorce Or Separation

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 Murphy Law Group, we help clients with all aspects of their divorces, including the equitable division of the marital estate.

Lengthy divorce litigation can drain more than your patience, trust and emotional battery – it drains your assets as court filings and attorney fees spiral out of control. At The Murphy Law Group, we are dedicated to resolving your divorce efficiently and effectively. Attorney Stephanie Murphy and her team strive to minimize your frustration and maximize the value of your post-divorce assets, helping you start your new life with confidence and resources.

Experience With High Asset Divorce Cases

Not every asset is easy to divide, especially if you have complex assets such as:

  • Businesses, LLCs or partnerships you and your spouse may jointly own or share an interest in
  • Real estate, including homes, condos, or undeveloped land
  • Retirement or pension assets
  • Stocks or stock options
  • Vehicles, including aircraft or watercraft
  • Outstanding debts

While we are very good at working toward the division of small marital estates, Stephanie Murphy excels at navigating complicated divorces. Our law firm will carefully analyze your financial position, and the value of the assets at stake, to minimize the cost of your divorce and maximize your share of the assets.

Complex Property Division: What To Know

Parties in a divorce need to account for two important factors when dividing their complex property. These are:

  • The assets’ time value – much an asset is worth today, compared to how much it will be worth in the future.
  • The tax consequences of dividing, retaining or losing an asset – especially with respect to funds in retirement accounts, or the value generated by selling significant assets

Attorney Stephanie Murphy can work with you and, if necessary, your accountant or a forensic accountant, to help you understand the time and tax implications of dividing your complex assets. Additionally, our team at The Murphy Law Group can scrutinize your spouses’ evaluation and treatment of their property to determine whether they may be hiding assets, fraudulently transferring property, or attempting to leverage their assets to criminally extort you.

With more than 20 years of family law experience, Stephanie Murphy has handled many complex, high-asset divorce cases as well as simple equitable distribution matters. She understands what challenges may arise during the complex property division process, and is ready to guide you through the process with clarity and efficiency.

Help Through Mediation And Litigation

While we are no strangers to litigation, our team at The Murphy Law Group is also prepared to assist Florida divorce clients with arbitration, a collaborative divorce, or a mediated divorce. These “out-of-court” options can help maintain privacy and avoid acrimonious litigation.

While she is a certified family law mediator, Stephanie Murphy is also an experienced trial lawyer. She and her team can vigorously represent you if an out-of-court solution becomes unfeasible and a resolution from a trial judge becomes necessary.

Collaborative Divorce

Not all divorce cases need to be a fight. Contested divorce cases, as well as all adversarial family law matters, can be messy, emotional, divisive, and expensive. Collaborative divorce is a more peaceful way to get a divorce or deal with common family law matters that don’t have to destroy your family. A Florida collaborative divorce involves a lawyer for each spouse, plus financial and facilitation neutrals, who all work together as a team to make sure you know everything necessary to make smart decisions for your future, help you maintain control over your divorce, keeps your case private, and creates and implements a plan to restructure your family. Collaborative divorce empowers you to control the outcome instead of entrusting a judge to determine your family’s future.

Statistics have shown that families who have been involved in a successful collaborative divorce process often spend less money than those who approach their divorce in a traditional manner. Also, the relationship between the spouses and parents becomes easier and less stressful because they have actively participating in formulating a solution that fits their particular family. Resolutions reached through the collaborative process are usually more stable and longer lasting than outcomes gained through litigation or a traditional, adversarial divorce.

If you are interested in proceeding with a collaborative divorce or family law matter, please contact The Murphy Law Group.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

Make sure you’re getting the fair portion of your marital assets and debts with help from The Murphy Law Group. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our Sarasota office today. Call us at 941-584-9570 or send us a message using our online contact form. For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards.