Tips for moving during a Manhattan divorce

Annually, approximately 1.2 million people in the United States get a divorce. The outcome of divorce in almost every case means that at least one of the spouses will have to move.

Just the act of relocating households under normal circumstances generates a great deal of stress. With Manhattan's tight housing market, finding suitable accommodations -- where the kids can attend their same schools and the work commute is not a nightmare -- can be quite a task. The combined stressors of a move during a divorce overwhelms many people.

Couples frequently engage in protracted battles over property as a substitution for the emotional issues that tore asunder the marriage. The move manager of a Virginia moving company with clients who are often in the midst of a divorce reports that the repercussions of these stand-offs can be devastating. Below are some tips for a smoother transition.

-- Rely on a support system of family, friends and professionals for help.

-- Make a list of what you need versus what you want to keep. Settle non-contested issues first.

-- Get valuables appraised. Something of high worth the other covets can be a bargaining chip.

-- Never drag the kids into it.

-- Consider mediation if you can't work it out between the spouses.

-- Factor replacement value into negotiations.

-- If downsizing, be reasonable about space issues and what will no longer fit.

-- Pack seldom used items first. Label and number every box and keep a log of the contents.

-- One box should contain all you will need for your first night in the new home: towels, washcloths, blankets, pillows, toilet paper, coffee maker, pet supplies and food, pots, utensils, flashlight and personal hygiene products. Include a file of all important documents and lease agreements.

While divorce is definitely a life transition, it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Your Manhattan divorce attorney can guide you through the process.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Avoid a tug-of-war in divorce moves" Richard Bacque, Dec. 01, 2014

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