Equitable distribution of the parties’ marital assets rests within the sound discretion of the trial court


Law Lessons from Fou v. Fou, N.J. Super. App. Div., No. A-1569-14T3, July 21, 2016:

Equitable distribution of the parties’ marital assets rests within the sound discretion of the trial court. La Sala v. La Sala, 335 N.J. Super. 1, 6 (App. Div. 2000) (citing Borodinsky v. Borodinsky, 162 N.J. Super. 437, 443-44 (App. Div. 1978)), certif. denied, 167 N.J. 630 (2001). Therefore, the court’s decision on equitable distribution is reviewed for abuse of discretion on appeal. Ibid. “[W]e will affirm an equitable distribution as long as the trial court could reasonably have reached its result from the evidence presented, and the award is not distorted by legal or factual mistake.” Ibid. (citing Perkins v. Perkins, 159 N.J. Super. 243, 247-48 (App. Div. 1978)).

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