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Marital Assets & Debts in Florida

During dissolution of marriage, in the event that the parties are unable to agree to a division of their property, the court will determine and divide their property based on a concept of an equitable distribution.

First, the court determines if there are any non-marital assets. Non-marital assets and liabilities include assets acquired and liabilities incurred by either party prior to the marriage, and assets acquired and liabilities incurred in exchange for such assets and liabilities; assets acquired separately by either party by non-interspousal gift, bequest, devise, or descent, and assets acquired in exchange for such assets; all income derived from non-marital assets during the marriage unless the income was treated, used, or relied upon by the parties as a marital asset; assets and liabilities excluded from marital assets and liabilities by valid written agreement of the parties, and assets acquired and liabilities incurred in exchange for such assets and liabilities.

Determining the Value of Marital Assets

Second, the court will determine the marital assets and liabilities. Marital assets and liabilities are assets acquired and liabilities incurred during the marriage, individually by either spouse or jointly by them; the enhancement in value and appreciation of non-marital assets resulting either from the efforts of either party during the marriage or from the contribution to or expenditure thereon of marital funds or other forms of marital assets, or both; interspousal gifts during the marriage; all vested and nonvested benefits, rights, and funds accrued during the marriage in retirement, pension, profit-sharing, annuity, deferred compensation, and insurance plans and programs; and all real property held by the parties as tenants by the entireties, whether acquired prior to or during the marriage, shall be presumed to be a marital asset.

The Court then is faced with the valuation of marital assets and ultimate distribution of those assets and liabilities unless there is a justification for an unequal visitation based on the factors enumerated under the statute. The court must make factual findings in Judgment or order based on substantial competent evidence with reference to above factors and specific written findings.

The date to determine assets and liabilities to be identified or classified as marital is the earliest of the date the parties entered into valid agreement, other date as established by agreement or date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage. The date to determination of valuation of particular marital assets and liabilities shall be the date or dates the judge determines just and equitable under the circumstances.

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