Updated February 11, 2021


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OurDivorce™ Basics

What are Appliances?

If you live in an apartment, you can probably skip this entire section. But if you’re a homeowner, you probably own a washer and dryer, refrigerator, and other appliances that aren’t “attached” to the home.

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🤔 Understanding how Appliances affect your divorce.

Appliances acquired during the marriage are usually treated as marital property. Assets acquired by one spouse but which the other spouse uses regularly during the marriage may also constitute marital property. You and your spouse will need to make the identity of each asset clear. You will also need to determine the present value of your assets to help you determine how to divide the overall value of your marital estate between you. If the asset is encumbered by a loan, you will need to identify the loan account number, the name and location of the lender, the loan balance, and the amount of the monthly loan payment.

As you consider how to divide the assets acquired during the marriage, it’s best to take into account the purpose and primary user of each asset.


Jerry and Sally have already agreed that Sally will keep their marital home and that Jerry will move into a nearby rental. Since Sally will be keeping the house, they agree that it makes sense that she also keep the appliances – especially since they agreed earlier that Jerry should keep all the camping equipment.

Next: Learn about how Tools affects your divorce.

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