Property Division

Creating innovative solutions to the complexities of division of assets and debts


Property division can be one of the most complex and contentious areas in a divorce proceeding. The law in Utah states that any property or debts acquired during the marriage should be divided equitably between the two spouses upon divorce. "Equitable" means "fair" but that does not necessarily mean 50-50. With the exception of certain assets and debts, most of the real estate, vehicles and other assets you or your spouse acquired while you were married will be subject to an equitable distribution. Obtaining as much knowledge as you can concerning the legal framework governing marital property division and the proper characterization of property obtained before and after marriage can help you assert your interests and protect your fair share of marital assets.


Working to protect your personal interests and your desires


Reaching a property division settlement can be challenging because one first needs to separate personal assets from marital assets and then assign a fair value to the marital assets to be distributed. However, these challenges can give rise to opportunities in the hands of an experienced attorney. I, attorney David R. Hartwig, Esq., can competently lead you through this process and advocate for your needs and interests.
At my law office in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have helped people across the state to reach a reasonable, equitable property division settlement. I have been an attorney since 1984, and I am a trained mediator. It is usually a much better solution for divorcing couples to reach a property division agreement on their own rather than letting the courts decide for you. As your attorney, I can negotiate on your behalf for the best possible property division settlement depending on your unique circumstances. I can also serve as an impartial third party to help you and your spouse reach agreement in the matter.


Another issue that sometimes needs to be addressed in property division discussions is commingling. If you inherited money or received money as a gift and spent it on home remodeling or your spouse's education, those funds are considered commingled and you may be able to receive special consideration in the settlement for it.


Assisting clients throughout Utah with property division and divorce


Contact my office online or call 801-833-0822 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your asset division concerns. As a skilled Utah property division lawyer, I am able to obtain values for your property as well as help to ensure they are divided according to your goals. I provide personalized service to every client and handle every aspect of your case myself.