The law says that married spouses share responsibility for childcare, household management and earning income during their marriage. When a marriage ends, the partnership is over and property has to be divided. To recognize the equal contribution of each person, the general rule is that the value of the property you acquired during the marriage and the increase in the value of property you brought into your marriage will be divided in half.
There are some exceptions to these rules. The law allows you to keep the value of the following property:
gifts you received during your marriage from someone other than your spouse;
property that you inherited during your marriage;
money that you received from an insurance company because someone died; and
money received as a result of a personal injury claim.
The family home is another exception to the general rules. The law says that when your marriage ends, the value of the family home must be equally shared even if one of you owned the home before you were married, received it as a gift or inherited it.
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