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Equitable Distribution and Offsets

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Equitable Distribution and Offsets

March 27, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Equitable Distribution and Offsets

March 27, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Navigating a divorce? It’s essential to grasp how courts divide assets and debts. In Minnesota, this division hinges on the principles of equitable distribution and offsets. Unlike equal division, this approach, guided by a judge, aims for fairness. The judge assesses a variety of factors, as Minnesota statutes specify, to ensure a just division of marital assets and debts.

Offsets: Streamlining Asset Division

Consider liquid assets like savings accounts. Here, division is straightforward: simply liquidate the account, and each spouse receives a portion. For larger, non-liquid assets, such as your family home, the strategy shifts. Enter offsets. This method facilitates equitable distribution without the hassle of physically splitting each asset. It’s especially beneficial for sizable assets that are cumbersome to divide or might trigger penalties or taxes if sold.

Practical Example: Balancing Home Equity with Asset Trade-Offs

Take a scenario where a marital home holds significant equity. Suppose one spouse opts to keep the home but can’t afford the other’s share. Offsets provide a solution. The other spouse might then acquire a larger share of retirement accounts or vehicles, equitably offsetting the relinquished home equity.

Alternatively, click here to learn about how to handle a divorce and a house with negative equity.

Johnson/Turner: Your Ally in Complex Divorce Scenarios

Expertly navigating the intricate terrain of marital property division is our forte at Johnson/Turner. Recognizing the uniqueness of every divorce, we customize our strategies to align with your specific needs and aspirations. Our commitment to clear and ongoing communication ensures you remain well-informed and at ease throughout the process.

Why Choose Johnson/Turner?

What sets us apart? Our unmatched expertise in innovation, knowledge, and compassion. We’re not just your attorneys; we’re your steadfast partners, committed to providing supportive, tailored solutions. With Johnson/Turner, rest assured that your case is in the most capable and caring hands.

Confronting property division in a divorce can seem overwhelming. But you don’t have to face it alone. Johnson/Turner is ready to guide you toward a fair and smooth resolution. Dial (320) 299-4249 today to explore how we can facilitate your journey and champion your objectives.


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