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Asset And Property Division In A New Jersey Divorce

Last updated on June 18, 2024

When going through a divorce, dividing property can be complex and sometimes contentious. You have to determine what property counts as marital assets and what types of property may still be separate assets. Marital assets are divided, but separate assets are not. You also have to figure out how to divide very complex assets, such as retirement benefits or investments, and this can result in financial disputes with your former spouse.

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What Are Common Marital Assets?

Property division starts with identifying marital assets. These are typically assets that were obtained or earned during the marriage. They often include:

  • A family home
  • A family business
  • Retirement accounts
  • Savings accounts
  • Investment portfolios
  • Bank accounts and earnings
  • Life insurance policies
  • Real estate
  • Automobiles
  • Home furnishings

Separate assets are those brought to a marriage and not commingled, such as real estate acquired before marriage, an inheritance or gifts. If they are commingled or mixed with marital assets, however, their status can change.

Is New Jersey A Community Property State?

It is not. In community property states, most marital property is divided equally. In New Jersey, though, division is done equitably or fairly. This means that division may not be even if the court believes an uneven split would be fair.

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