Division of Marital Property is governed by a principle called “equitable distribution.” The idea is to identify and value all of the property the parties have acquired during the time they have been married and then achieve a division of that property that is fair or “equitable” (which does not necessarily mean “equal”). When it comes to dividing property, a court is not allowed to consider things like who earned more money or who did more of the work raising the children or even whether one of the spouses is to blame for the divorce. Rather, all of the property that the marriage gained or acquired during the time the parties were married (including things like houses, vehicles, furniture, bank accounts, and even pensions) will be put into one marital “pot” to be divided up by the agreement of the parties or by the court. Property that was acquired before the marriage or during the time of the marriage through an inheritance or a gift, may be considered “separate” property that will not be divided by a divorce court. The question of how to divide property in an equitable way can get complicated, particularly if one spouse hides property or may believe he/she is entitled to a greater share for whatever reason. You should choose a divorce lawyer you trust to make sure the ultimate division of the property acquired by the marriage will include everything that should be included and be fair to you.