Distribution of assets

The equity in the house is based on the fair market value on the date of separation. If one spouse keeps the house generally they pay the other person half the equity without taking into account the costs of sale.

Helena M. Nevicosi
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I am involved in a seperation, we have been seperated for a few months now, I have a few questions about distribution of assets. First off, if I understand correctly, all assets and debts that we had at the time of seperation are to be split. Is this correct? We bought a house and have over $50,000 equity in it, the house appraised at time of purchase for over $20,000 more than we paid which would put equity at $70,000. I am being told that I would not be eligible for any of the equity as we don’t have enough in it to split by the time we paid the realtor fees and paid off the loan, this number is on the purchase price alone, not the appraisal. I am also being told that the value is only on the purchase price, not on an appraisal, can this be correct? I am still making the house payment but not living there, any guidance.