Furniture and Furnishings in a Divorce

Dividing furniture, furnishings and the porch swing beds in the backyard in a divorce can be a very stressful experience.  It can be quite a shock when you find the junk that your spouse was nagging you to throw away for years listed on a schedule of assets and debts at a ridiculously high price.   Fighting over pots and pans may seem petty, but a decent stock pot can cost over $100, so maybe there is a good reason to fight.   The price tag for replacing a house full of furniture and furnishings is not small.

Obviously, the best way to divide the household furniture and furnishings is to go about it fairly.  If you can be civil with each other and rational about it, you may find a lot of items can be equitably divided.  If you have never touched a blender and your spouse enjoys a morning smoothie, why not give it to them?  You can trade for something that you want, like that toaster oven.  If you are worried that one party will take all of the valuable items, if you can agree on the value, you can still let them have the items, as long as you get a fair value in return.  And, if you remember your lessons from kindergarten, for some of the high value items that you both want, which may be costly to replace, you can always take turns picking out of the pool so that you each get at least some of what you want.

If you find it hard to work out a fair division with your spouse, it may be motivational to estimate the number of hours it will take two attorneys to hash it out with each other and divide it.  You may decide it is much less expensive to let your spouse have the item, get a credit for half the value, and buy yourself the one you always wanted.