How do we divide property in a divorce?
When it comes to divorce, many couples want to know: Who gets what?
The answer to this question is unique to each couple’s situation. The courts are tasked with a four-step process called equitable distribution that involves: identifying, classifying, valuing, and distributing property. Sounds simple, right?
Actually, this can become an extremely complicated process in determining which property is marital (belonging to both spouses) and which is separate (belonging to just one spouse). In some cases, a spouse may worry their husband has been hiding assets, or in others, there may be tax concerns that need to be addressed. In this section, we will answer questions couples commonly have about how property is divided in a divorce, and how to handle unexpected or complicated problems.
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