During the course of the divorce hearing, the trial court ordered that Mrs. Epstein (plaintiff) and Mr. Epstein’s (defendant) family residence be sold. As part of the division of other community-property assets, Mr. Epstein received more valuable personal property than Mrs. Epstein. The trial court ordered that the proceeds from the sale of the house be paid out so that the total community-property division between the parties was equal. The trial court did not mention the tax liability from the sale of the house or the allocation of that liability. Mrs. Epstein appealed the decision of the trial court.