Partition is the division of property,1 owned in undivided shares so as to give to each co-owner an exclusive title to a specific part, instead of his former undivided interest in the whole.

Partition was recognized at common law, but the operation of the writ of partition was limited to cases where the joint ownership arose by operation of law.2

Equity early acquired jurisdiction in this class of cases on account of the inadequacy of the remedy at common law.

The partition of real property is now regulated by statute in the different states.