Divorce Certified Specialist For Division Of Assets and Debt

Remember: Divorce isn't just the end of your marriage — it is also the beginning of a new future. How your property and debt will be divided will be one of the most important factors affecting your financial interests in years to come.

I am Ohio board-certified family law specialist* Susan Pucci, Attorney at Law, in Canton. I have been a divorce attorney for more than 22 years in Stark County and the surrounding counties. I have seen couples destroy their financial futures by fighting over property and debt. I have also seen couples sit down with a common-sense plan to protect their rights and interests. A lot depends on your goals and the lawyer you hire to protect your rights.

Division Of Assets And Debt In Ohio

If you are considering divorce, it is important to remember that Ohio considers any and all property and debts accumulated over the course of your marriage subject to equitable distribution between you and your spouse. Equitable does not mean everything is split 50-50 down to the last dime. It means that you will have the opportunity to decide between yourselves what is an equitable trade-off, followed by court approval.

Complex Property Settlements

While most married couples have a house, motor vehicles, retirement savings and possibly some vacation properties, some couples have complex property issues that need to be resolved, including business partnerships, overseas investments, stocks and bonds, and deferred compensation. No matter which category you fall into, your financial interests are at stake. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer who is up to the task, including a network of independent experts to call on, when necessary.

My network includes:

  • Accountants
  • Appraisers
  • Business evaluators
  • Psychologists
  • Actuaries
  • Other professionals

My experience in divorce settlements includes:

  • Residential real estate settlements (who gets the house)
  • Division of family debt
  • Retirement accounts and qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs)
  • Deferred compensation, bonuses and commissions
  • Stocks, bonds and securities
  • Business ownership and professional practices

Spousal Support And Property Division

In many cases, the way marital property is divided may have an impact on spousal maintenance (alimony) awards. If alimony will be a disputed factor in your divorce, I will lead your through strategies to ensure that the property division protects your financial interests.

*Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association Board Of Legal Specialization