Family Law Testimonials
“The search for a lawyer to help me get through my divorce was difficult enough. Most of the lawyers I interviewed had a cutthroat approach that made the process even harder. In desperation I reached out to a friend who seems to know everyone. Through one of her contacts I was referred to Carman and Bevington. After my consultation with Vanessa Bevington I stopped searching. Vanessa was kind and professional. She did not try to sway me in any particular direction but made sure that I understood the legal choices I had to make. She was prompt in every way. I highly recommend bringing your legal needs to this firm.”
“I had excellent representation when going through my divorce. Allen Carmen did a wonderful job for me. He was always available when I had questions and was always professional. The staff was great. I probably should not have loved going to their office as much as I did, but they gave me the feeling that they cared about me and my outcome. I would recommend Allen to any of my friends. In fact, I recommended him today to a co-worker.”
"Perfect mix of personal and professional. I wanted a firm close to home that catered to the Brandon area and I found it!. Melissa kept me informed and any time I wanted to talk to Allen he was available. Just great from start to finish. I would recommend Carman and Bevington to anyone!!!!"
Property Distribution During Divorce
Marital liabilities and assets are supposed to be divided as close to 50/50 as possible when you decide to get divorced. With property distribution you need good representation or you’ll have to worry about the fair market value the judge attaches to your property. Remember, the judge isn’t being paid to act in your best interest. At Carman & Bevington we will act in your best interest and we have experience on both sides of a property distribution case.
Should I let the Judge Decided
You can let the judge decide but it’s risky, and once they bang the gavel their decision is binding. If you’re keeping the house and the appraisal comes in too high, you might owe your spouse an amount greater than 50% of what it’s truly worth. If you’re walking away from the house and the appraisal comes in too low you could end up getting less than 50% of what the house could actually sell for on the open market. To help you thought this process you need an experienced trial attorney to help make sure the court’s perception of the property is favorable to you.
How Should You Proceed
The first step in the property division process is to identify martial assets, non-marital assets and liabilities. Non-marital assets and liabilities include anything that either spouse owned or any debt they had prior to the day they were married. Non-marital assets may also include any inheritance that either spouse received. Once all of that information has been calculated we then begin the process of helping you value and distribute the marital assets.
At Carman & Bevington, we’re driven by a desire to protect our clients as we would want to be protected in a similar situation. We don’t want to deplete all of your assets by extending your property distribution proceedings. We will do our best to help you take those first steps on the road back to happiness.
Meet Vanessa A. Bevington
Family Law Attorney | Personal Injury Attorney
Phone: (813) 654-3444
Vanessa Bevington began practicing in the area of personal injury and family law in 2006. She is respected throughout the legal community as a skilled litigator and negotiator on her client’s behalf.