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Apportion


Term Definition Apportion - to divide fairly or according to the parties’ respective interests.
Application in Divorce The division is proportionate but not necessarily equal.

Many states are governed by equitable distribution laws that govern how property is to be distributed upon divorce. After classifying the property as marital and separate, the marital property is divided in an equitable fashion (not equal). This does not mean 50-50; rather it is apportioned in a fashion that seems to be fair to both parties.

In a community property state such as California, the community property (marital property) is apportioned or divided equally.

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