My friend told me that I should move as many of my personal belongings into her house as I can in case my ex doesn’t let me have them. Should I do that?
When you’re separating, it can be tempting to move your belongings out of the house in an effort to keep your ex from getting it. Although it’s appealing, you must resist the urge to empty your house completely.
Protecting Your Belongings
During a divorce, dividing up marital and personal property is one of the most difficult parts of splitting up. You must decide who gets the house, car, furniture, and other big items.
Before negotiations begin, you will want to take inventory of all your personal property. This includes:
- Your personal cash, savings, and checking accounts.
- Family heirlooms
- Personal collections
To take inventory of each of these items, collect as much documentation as possible about each item. This includes taking pictures or video, getting it professionally appraised, and copying important documents.
Moving Your Personal Property
Once you’ve taken inventory, you can move some of your personal property to keep it safe during negotiations. You can move it:
- If the item is yours personally
- You have already documented the personal item
- You have proof that the item was given to you personally
Secure your items but do so smartly. By moving your personal items from your home and to your friend’s house without properly taking inventory, you could open yourself up to risk. The court could see your behavior as you trying to hide something, which could come back to hurt you more than help you.
For more questions, call our office before taking action! This way, you’ll get the right legal advice for your case without hurting your future.