Either the parties can work to divide the assets between the parties or the court will make a determination. The court is required to make a division that is as equal as possible. In making a decision on who gets what asset or liability, the court will consider who can pay for the asset or liability and which party needs that asset to continue to support and provide for the children, i.e., who should be awarded the house and where have the children lived for most of their lives. Again, the court looks to maintain stability and consistency for the children.