Personal property can be a sticking point during your divorce

The moment you decide to divorce is the moment you should turn your attention to the property division process. While you know you won't get to keep every asset, you should fight for what's yours.

Personal property is often a sticking point during a divorce. By preparing for this in advance, you may be able to avoid some stress down the road.

The first step is to make a list of all your personal property. This includes items that you brought into the marriage, as well as those that you purchased with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Some of the most common types of personal property include:

  • Home furnishings
  • Jewelry
  • Rugs
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles
  • Guns
  • Electronics
  • Home office equipment
  • Clothing
  • Motor vehicles
  • Boats and recreational vehicles

If you brought a piece of personal property into the marriage, make note of it early on. As separate property, you understand that this shouldn't be part of the divorce.

Also, keep a watchful eye for anything the other person is trying to hide from the court. Your ex may feel this is the best way to keep an asset that would have otherwise been part of the divorce agreement.

Your mindset is a big part of making it through your divorce with as little stress as possible. Don't assume that you'll get to keep every bit of personal property you own with the other individual. Instead, realize early on that you'll be dividing these things. The right frame of mind will allow you to tackle the divorce process in a timely, efficient and productive manner.

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