Court’s Broad Discretion: Generally, where the parties are unable to agree on a disposition of their community estate, trial courts have broad discretion to determine the manner of division in order to accomplish a net equal division.
General Approaches: Typically, the court will adopt one or more of the following approaches:
In-Kind Division: The Court divides fungible assets (bank accounts, shares of stock, etc.) in kind, whereby each spouse is awarded one-half.
Asset Distribution Or Cash-Out Division: The Court distributes one or more items to one spouse and items of equal value (which may include an equalizing promissory note) to the other.
Sale & Division Of Proceeds: The Court orders an asset sold, with the proceeds divided in proportions necessary to effect a net equal division of the overall community estate.
Deferred Partition By Conversion To Tenancy In Common: The Court awards each spouse an undivided one-half interest in certain items to hold as tenants in common (typically, the family home), deferring partition until feasible to effect a sale and division of the proceeds.
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