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Equitable Division


The Family Court can equitably divide the parties' marital assets and debts.  This concept is not easy to summarize in a FAQ since each situation is unique, and the Court looks beyond mere ownership of property to determine what each party contributed to the accumulated assets of the marriage.  For example, the Court will not just look at who purchased or brought an asset into the marriage, but will also consider whether the other party  made a significant contribution to the long term maintenance of the asset or to an enhancement of its value during the course of the marriage.  In equitably dividing debts, the Court will look not just at who incurred the debt, but will also consider who benefited from it.  Since each situation is unique, a lawyer should be consulted for guidance on these issues




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