Who Gets the Dog? Dividing Personal Property

One of the hardest parts about going through a divorce is dividing all personal property including furniture, material good, family pets and ‘stuff’ in the house. There is no right or wrong way to do this. It is best to come to an agreement where both parties do not devote too much time, money and emotion to splitting up the property.

Dividing Options

Many spouses will take on the ‘stuff is just stuff’ approach and prefer to sell the items to one spouse instead of dealing with dividing the materialistic goods. It might be easier for the spouse to simply leave it all behind and start again. If this is the case, then the parties will need to agree on a reasonable value for the items.

In other times, both spouses will agree to sell all the material goods and both start again. If this is the case, a garage sale or auction may be appropriate.  However, in the instances where both parties want the stuff, then a mediator may oversee the decision and allow both spouses to take turns choosing items, one by one. For example, the husband may have first choice on the leather sofa but the wife may get the king sized bed.

Taking it to Court

It is often best to handle all division of property issues outside of the courts. One reason is because often the legal fees incurred will actually cost more than the disputed items. Mediation and collaborative law are two other great options when it comes to splitting up personal items. Collaborative law looks at the emotional implications of dividing assets such as pets and important memorabilia so that both parties can walk away without all that emotional anger and resentment.

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If you are facing a divorce or child custody battle or if you need legal advice on any child support matter, it is important to speak to a qualified family law attorney right away. The sooner you make the call, the quicker our lawyers can get to work on your case and the better for everyone involved, especially the children. Contact Schneider, Baudler & Abbott PC today at 763-315-1100 or by e-mail to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers.

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