Payer, Hunziker,
Rhodes & Peters, LLP
535 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-232-4115
Toll-Free: 866-382-3599
Fax: 515-232-4388
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Ames Property Division Lawyers

Payer, Hunziker, Rhodes & Peters, LLP is experienced enough to know where we stand legally, and we do not exacerbate disputes unnecessarily. Clients are served best by being informed of the law and their options, and with persistent and professional negotiation on their behalf.

Marital Property v. Separate Property

The most important issue in negotiating property division is the characterization of property as marital property or separate property. Nearly everything acquired during the marriage, including the increased value of that property, is considered part of the marital estate that will be divided "equitably" or fairly. This includes homes, bank accounts, stocks and retirement accounts, interest in businesses and many other items.

Separate property includes property brought into the marriage, and gifts to one person only.

Equitable Division

Once the marital estate has been established, a court will assess the financial situation of each party, including factors such as:

  • Age and health needs
  • Dependents from another marriage
  • The contribution of either of you to the education or training of the other
  • Whether one of you will be a primary caretaker of the children
  • Other factors

Our Ames property division attorneys are your advocates through this difficult time. Our experience and hard work has produced successful results for many years. We offer the personal service of a smaller firm and total dedication to your success.

Ames Property Division Attorney

To schedule an appointment with an experienced Ames property division attorney, contact us or call our local number at 515-232-4115 or toll-free at 866-382-3599. Our office is conveniently located on Main Street in downtown Ames. Our Iowa divorce lawyers accept Visa and MasterCard.


At the law office of Payer, Hunziker, Rhodes & Peters, LLP, in Ames, we represent individuals in Boone, Story, Hamilton, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hardin, Marshall, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties in Iowa, including the communities of Boone, Nevada, Huxley, Gilbert, Webster City, Story City and many others.