Is Everything Split 50/50 In a Divorce?
Will Property Be Split 50/50 in Oregon?
As an equitable distribution state, Oregon does not divide marital property in an equal 50/50 split. Property will be divided according to what is fair and equitable so that both spouses share relatively equal footing after the divorce.
There is no standard answer when it comes to how properties and assets are divided in a divorce, but there are set rules that dictate how property division is decided. If you are worried about what will happen to your possessions in your divorce, make sure you understand how Oregon courts handle property division.
How Is "Fair and Equitable" Defined?
This means all marital property will be “fairly divided” between each spouse. However, this does not mean that each spouse will get exactly half of the assets. Fair may not always mean equal.
The court will evaluate many factors to determine what is fair, such as:
- Duration of the marriage
- Contributions of each spouse
- Financial needs
- If one spouse spent time spent caring for children while the other worked
- Health of each spouse
- Earning capacity and education of each spouse
The goal of the courts is to ensure that no party is severely economically disadvantaged and to prevent negative long-term effects the divorce has on a party.
Deciding Which Property Will Be Divided
When dividing assets, the court will divide separate property from marital property.
- Marital property includes all shared assets and those you acquired during your marriage, such as your house, vehicles, and any joint accounts.
- Separate property includes possessions owned by only one spouse, such as inherited items, gifts, or properties owned before the marriage.
Separate property is usually safe from distribution, although certain properties that you may consider separate might actually be presumed to be marital property by Oregon courts. If the court believes that each spouse contributed equally to a property during the marriage, it will be considered a marital asset, even if the title says it only belongs to one party.
The court will evaluate the contributions of each spouse, including financial support as well as time spent caring for the home or for children. Even if one spouse never contributed financially, if he or she stayed home to care for the home or children, the court will still consider this a contribution to the marriage.
Taxes, Upkeep & Other Costs
Before final decisions are made, the court will also consider the costs involved in the assets, such as upkeep, taxes, and so on. If these costs are anticipated, the court will take them into account before dividing up the property. Also, if there are children in the marriage and they have outstanding medical bills or other important expenses, these will be factored into the division.
Will Spousal Support Be Awarded?
Although spousal support is typically decided on after properties are divided, the two go hand in hand to a certain extent. Spousal support payments may be ordered by the court if one spouse is not able to sustain the same lifestyle in divorce as he or she had during the marriage. These payments are intended to be temporary until the receiving spouse is able to earn more independently. However, the amount and duration of spousal support will depend greatly on the standard of living during the marriage, the length of the marriage, the ages of each spouse, as well as the earning capacity of each spouse.
Contact Our Attorneys for Guidance
Property division in a divorce is usually a very tricky business. While these standard rules can act as a rough guide, it is always best to seek counsel with an experienced attorney to obtain guidance pertaining to your specific circumstances.If you need assistance with property division and other aspects of your divorce, our divorce attorneys can help. Contact McKinley Irvin in Oregon for legal help regarding your divorce.