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After just more than three years of marriage, Wife sued Husband for divorce. Wife subsequently filed a motion to amend her complaint to add a cause of action for promissory estoppel. The district court denied the motion, concluding that justice did not require leave to amend the complaint. The district court then distributed the couple’s property and property-related obligations to the party who brought it into the marriage. If an asset was purchased during the marriage, the court awarded it to the party whose assets were used to purchase it. The court awarded Wife an additional $45,000 equalization payment. Wife appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Wife’s motion for leave to amend; and (2) the district court’s distribution of the couple’s property was not an abuse of discretion.