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Equitable Distribution Checklist

Divorcing couples understand that Equitable Distribution is how assets and liabilities are divided.  

Items disclosed by a party may fail to be all encompassing and complete, either by design or forgetfulness.  In order to help your Rhode Island Divorce lawyer, here is alist of items to locate and issues to consider.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to provide examples of financial assets/streams of income to look for in order to help make the process complete:

· Barter arrangements

· Canceled indebtedness

· Tax-loss carryovers

· Unrealized capital losses

· Savings match programs

· Deferred compensation

· Expense account reimbursements

· Contributions to retirement /pensions plans

· Accrued vacation time

· Accrued sick time

· Employee stock option plans

· Employee stock grant plans

· Tax-free dividends

· Trust distributions

· Severance pay

· Commissions and bonuses

· Workers' compensation

· Disability income

· Lottery winnings

· Prizes and awards

· Earned income credit and other tax credits

· Spousal or child support from someone not a party to the present matter

· VA or military benefits

· Social security or pension income

· Unemployment compensation

· Rental income

· Cash or under the table income

· Real estate trusts

· Increased retained earnings or working capital in a small business

· Unusual accelerated depreciation of assets owned by a small business

· Delayed raises in income

· Assets in safe deposit boxes

· Frequent flyer miles

· Paid up insurance or the cash value of insurance

· Antiques, collections art, coins

· Over withholding of income taxes

· Company sponsored car payments, travel reimbursement

· Bank loan applications

· Employee handbooks and benefit statements

This list is brought to you by Steven Hirsch, a RI divorce attoreny and RI divorce mediator.     We can help you reach an equitable distribution that is appropriate for your circumstances.

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