Often the largest assets in a marriage are the retirement accounts of one or both spouses. Retirement benefits are subject to division in a divorce. How the retirement benefits are divided depends upon a number of factors, such as whether the retirement benefit was earned or invested during the marriage versus before or after the marriage.
In a divorce the court will not only divide the marital assets between the spouses (the good), but will also equitably divide the debts and liabilities (the bad). When negotiating a division of debt, it is important to know which spouse is legally liable to the creditor for the debt.
Minnesota is a "no fault" divorce state, which means courts will not financially punish or reward a party when dividing assets and debts because of bad behavior during the marriage. Generally speaking, the courts will equitably divide the marital assets and liabilities between the parties. That means spouses need to understand what is marital property.