During any divorce in Pennsylvania, the spouses must decide what will happen to their “marital property.” Marital property includes nearly every item that either of the two spouses acquired during the marriage. Often, it does not matter whose name is on the title to the property.
Marital property includes items like real estate, bank accounts, pensions, investment tools (like stocks and bonds), automobiles, and furniture. The increase in value of any of these items during the marriage is also considered “marital property.”
Pennsylvania law requires an “equitable distribution” of marital property when a married couple decides to divorce. “Equitable,” however, does not always mean “equal.” It means that the property must be distributed “fairly,” based on a number of considerations.