Ideally a divorce and separation should be an amicable matter. However, this is often not the case! Sometimes couples get so caught up in "getting one over' on their ex-partner that they will fight over just about anything...
Many a time I have dealt with disputes over a family pet or sentimental items, but as this article from the Financial Times shows, sometimes couples will argue over absolutely anything and everything, including one solicitor recalling an argument over a toilet seat!
This article shows how couples will sometimes want an item with no sentimental value, simply because they don't want their ex-partner to have it.
When separating, it is important not to lose sight of what is important, and a solicitor can help remove the emotion, and advise you on your rights, possible outcomes and the best options and courses of action.
By seeking legal advice and representation, your solicitor can engage in correspondence and negotiations on your behalf, agreeing where possible on a schedule of assets, including how to divide up the contents of the property, and advise on the best way to deal with this.
“There are often arguments over paintings, sculptures and expensive furniture the couple bought together,” Ms Lamb said. “Explaining that if they cannot agree then the contents can be auctioned, which was a threat one of our local judges used to make when frustrated with the arguments, is usually enough to stop this. “One wife put golf clubs on her wish list from the contents of the house. When I asked if she played she said no, but she did not want him to have them. Gentle persuasion that the clubs were his was accepted.”