When spouses in farm families divorce, they face some unique challenges when it comes to dividing the family farm. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, our family law attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience and have handled countless farm divorces. If you live in Northwest Missouri or Northeast Kansas, you can count on us for reliable, no-nonsense legal representation.
A thriving family farm may have very large assets and dividing farmland and other property can be highly contentious — even more so than in other high-asset divorces. Often, one party has an intense emotional attachment to the farm, which has been in the family for generations. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we look for creative solutions sensitive to the emotional issues involved. We strive to respect that emotional attachment while also dividing farm assets in a way that is fair to both parties.
The operation of a family farm often involves significant commingling of assets. The farm may have started with nonmarital property (such as land, machinery or livestock owned by one party prior to the marriage or inherited during the marriage). Over time, the farm also has grown to include items purchased duringthe marriage. Often, extended family members “share” expensive machinery such as combines, tractors or tractor-trailers.
Because of these complications, our lawyers collaborate with forensic accountants and valuation experts to uncover and accurately value all assets and trace farm proceeds. While this discovery work may incur extra costs, it bears significant dividends in the long term and is the only way in which a fair result can be reached.
Too often parties in a divorce are motivated by anger, the need for vindication or a desire to seek revenge for the behaviors of the other spouse. This sometimes takes the form of demanding a specific asset (such as the farm or marital home). At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we offer pragmatic, clear-eyed advice at an otherwise turbulent or traumatic moment. We’ll help you identify and achieve not only your short-term goals, but also and more importantly, your long-term goals.
Our attorneys work together with our experienced paralegals to form a supportive team that can deliver superior service. You can always contact someone who knows the details of your case.
When you need a legal team that understands the special challenges of a farm divorce, we’re an excellent choice. Contact us online, or at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529).