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Jennifer Lorenzen filed a complaint seeking to dissolve her marriage to David Lorenzen. The parties reached an agreement on certain issues, but a trial was required to determine other property-related issues, including the division of the parties’ retirement plans. The trial court determined that the entire marital portion of David’s pension plan should be included in the marital estate and divided equally between the parties. David appealed, arguing that the court erred when it included a certain portion of his pension plan as marital property because the court determined that Jennifer’s future Social Security benefits should not be considered part of the marital estate. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that David’s proposal was effectively a direct offset from the marital estate based on the fact that Jennifer was expected to receive Social Security benefits and David was not, and such an offset is prohibited by precedent and federal law.