Equitable Distribution

Pennsylvania attorney committed to fair & equitable solutions

When a couple divorces in a community property state, each spouse has equal and immediate ownership interest in all property acquired or owned by the couple during the marriage, which will be split evenly. But in equitable distribution states such as Pennsylvania, each spouse can buy or acquire property in his or her name alone, and the other spouse has no ownership interest in the property. In these cases, marital property is divided fairly and equitably but not necessarily equally through equitable distribution, regardless of which spouse has acquired the property. With more than 26 years of experience handling equitable distribution cases, Susan E. Murray has the necessary knowledge of and familiarity with Pennsylvania’s property division laws to ensure that you obtain the fairest settlement.

Emphasizing experience and meticulous preparation

Before the actual distribution of the property, your lawyer determines what property will be distributed and the value of that property. Equitable distribution states classify property as either “marital property,” assets acquired during the marriage and available for distribution, or “separate property,” assets acquired prior to the marriage and exempt from division. I have the necessary familiarity with Pennsylvania’s equitable distribution laws to distinguish property as either marital property or separate property. I also have the skill to trace the commingling of separate assets with marital assets, prevent unfair distribution and ensure that no assets or debts are overlooked.

Marital property may include anything you have that could be considered an asset, such as:

  • Stocks and bonds
  • Automobiles
  • Bank accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Marital home and vacation homes
  • Home furnishings
  • Timeshares
  • Retirement funds
  • Pensions and annuities
  • Businesses


Tailoring non-adversarial legal solutions

I strive to convert an otherwise stressful and contentious matter into a positive resolution. My experience has equipped me to handle negotiation and mediation when appropriate, affording you greater control over the outcome. But even if you and your ex-spouse are unable to initially agree on an equitable marital division, I can act as a fair and impartial mediator to help you both move forward after the divorce.

Contact a reliable Media, Pennsylvania equitable distribution attorney.
Call Susan E. Murray at 610-565-5300 to schedule a consultation, or contact me online.