Legal Minute: Distribution of Property

Nevada law requires that when granting a divorce the court must equally divide the community property. The court may divide the property unequally if it finds compelling reason to do so. One compelling reason to divide the property unequally would be if a party has solely contributed to the purchase of a separate property to improve jointly held property. For instance, if one party used separate property as the down payment on a jointly held home. That party might be able to get that money back. If one party has used separate property to remodel the marital residence that money may be reimbursed from the community estate. In making this determination the court will consider:

  • The intent of both parties
  • The length of the marriage
  • How to make a just and equitable disposition of the property

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