What does it mean when you “get half of the marital estate”?

The division of marital property in Oregon commonly involves dividing the estate in half for divorcing spouses. In this video, Lewis Landerholm explains how this division is not necessarily cutting each individual item exactly in half. Rather, the court will look at all of the assets available in the marital estate and “trade” those assets to keep as many of them whole as possible. Doing so is a fairer division and saves a great deal of time and money. An experienced family law attorney can help walk the couple through this process to ensure there is a fair division of assets in the framework of Oregon law.