It is very easy to fall into the trap of fighting over marital property during a divorce. Unfortunately, this tactic can often backfire. The ultimate bill may cost you much more than simply replacing the objects over which you are bickering with your ex. In general, fighting over items of personal property, unless they have significant intrinsic or sentimental value, is an occupation best avoided during a divorce.
The True Cost of Combat
Many married couples who are divorcing are angry at each other. This can lead to situations in which any small item can become a focal point for arguments. While this is understandable, it is important that you control your feelings and think about your divorce in a more detached way. It is better to consider property settlement a business transaction, rather than a personal interaction.
The high cost of fighting becomes apparent when you realize the true value of the objects in question. Unless the item is something that you inherited from a beloved relative or is a one-of-a-kind collector’s piece, the chances are that most household items, furniture, clothing, jewelry and other personal items are not worth what you will pay in attorney’s fees and stress if you continue to fight your ex for them.
If you can easily replace something, the best advice is usually to let it go. While you may feel like your ex is “winning,” the true financial beneficiary will probably be you!
What Options Do I Have To Fighting During Property Settlement?
You do not have to go to war with your ex in order to settle your property division. With the help of a family law attorney, you can usually work out a property settlement that is acceptable for both of you. Property settlements take into account the amount of both assets and debts represented by the marital estate, with exclusions for items that are not considered marital property. Your attorney can guide you through the process of analyzing your marital estate and proposing a good settlement agreement that you and your ex can work toward.
The attorneys at Men’s Legal Center are ready to help you. We have many years of experience in helping those who are navigating the complicated world of divorce. Call us today and let us help you understand your rights and find the right solution to your property settlement issues.