Take Everything With You in a Divorce

“I’ll Be Back Later For the Rest”

Why You shouldn’t Plan on Taking Two Trips When Moving Out of Your Marital Residence

Often when divorce clients meet with me they want to talk about what they believe will be the most difficult issues in their case. Generally the issues identified by the clients are maintenance, division of retirement accounts, or child custody. One issue that rarely is brought up by a client at our first meeting is division of the less valuable property such as furniture, dishes, appliances, and family heirlooms.

Surprisingly, not considering the smaller stuff could be a huge mistake. This is because often once a person leaves the marital residence, the other party does not want them to come anywhere near the property. This is the case even in seemingly amicable separations. For example, a couple may attempt a trial separation, so the spouse that moves out is planning on returning to the marital residence, and thus does not bring all of his belongings with him. This plan of action makes sense in the moment. However, unfortunately I see a lot of trial separations where things get worse instead of getting better. In these unlucky situations a client may end up facing a spouse who will not let you back into the marital residence to take even the most personal items such as your grandfather’s watch, a winter coat, or your high school yearbook.

Now if you find yourself in this situation, the attorneys at Jones Law Firm, PC can help you get your personal belongings back. However, instead of finding yourself in this unsavory situation, just do one simple thing: TAKE EVERYTHING WITH YOU! That way you can start your new life looking forward instead of looking backwards.


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