Dividing up your property during a divorce and deciding who gets what can be tough. Once you reach that arrangement, you still have to collect it all. But what if your ex won’t give you back your stuff? This is an issue that comes up all the time.
What, if any, legal recourse do you have if your former spouse won’t play ball and give you back your property?
One of our founding partners, Rick Jones, regularly appears on the Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning Show, where he takes family law questions from listeners. A recent caller finds himself in this unfortunate situation.
What can he do? And is it even worth the hassle and potential conflict to try?
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Listen to the Conversation below:
Caller: “Here’s the situation. I am divorced, it’s been over a year, I still have belongings in the home and I can’t get them out. What are my options? She won’t return a phone call or anything.”
Rick: “This is something we deal with during a divorce so many times, and that’s probably going to be the answer, which is the time to have dealt with it was during the divorce. Is there any chance in your divorce papers it talks about the return of these items?”
Caller: “No, we disolved together and everything was amicable at that point. It was just that way. I was being a nice guy [and] thought everything was going to work that way.”
Rick: “It sounds like you’re answering your own question. We laugh out of frustration. too. It’s kind of a no-win situation you’re in. Hopefully, there will be an amicable window that opens back up and you’ll be able to get in and get out. If you do have that opportunity make sure to get all of your stuff. Don’t think that if you get pieces on a Saturday that you can come back next weekend.”
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