Marital Property – Personal Belongings

During the course of a marriage, a couple will probably acquire many personal belongings, including motor vehicles, furniture, jewelry, electronic equipment, tools, and many other items. At the time of the marriage, some of these belongings may be very valuable (such as a relatively new car not encumbered by a loan) and others may no longer be worth much (such as a 20-year old kitchen set). Neither courts nor attorneys really want to get into the minutia of deciding who gets what unless the couple cannot or will not work out the division themselves. There are a few general principles to keep in mind: items used by any children living in the home are likely to remain there for their use after the couple separates (their needs come before the desires of the parents) and the division should, taking into account all of the other assets being divided, be equitable.