When couples divorce in Florida, they must make decisions regarding the distribution of their property. If couples cannot decide about how their marital property should be divided, then the court will have no choice but to step in. Florida courts exercise the concept of "equitable distribution" when it comes to divvying up marital property between spouses.
At first glance, equitable distribution seems like it might involve a fair split, right down the middle, between both parties. However, it might surprise you to learn that a court will generally look at many factors when deciding how to divide marital property. For example, the court may consider the level of contribution of each spouse towards acquiring the property as well as the desirability of either party to retain certain assets. Most importantly, the court will also consider how that marital property might affect the best interests of any children involved in the divorce.