Maryland : Equitable
Distribution Vs. Community Property
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STUART H. GROZBEAN. Mr.
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IS AN “EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION STATE"
in plain English, the difference between a community property
state and an equitable distribution state. In a community
property state the property is generally split 50/50. However,
Maryland follows equitable distribution rules which means the
Court does not have to divide everything equally.
is what the Court looks at:
First they identify and determine what is the marital property
Next the determine the value of marital property
Finally, they decide whether or not to grant a monetary award
and/or divide the marital pension assets as an adjustment of the
equities and rights of the parties.
as a generally rule the Court generally will divide fairly
equally marital property.
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