In an article titled “Scorned wife sells off cheating husband’s belongings” Fiona Willan reports that a jilted Canadian wife has sold her unfaithful husband’s possessions in a garage sale.
The article published in ninemsn on 15 March 2013 reported that the garage sale was advertised as “husband left us for a piece of trash, selling everything while he is gone this weekend with floozy”.
The advertisement stated that the wife was selling her husband’s favourite red leather sofas, camping gear and tools, “which he didn’t have a clue how to use”.
She stated that there would be no clothes for sale because “we will have already burnt those in the driveway”.
The advertisement also read: “I want the house empty on Monday when he returns because there will be a shock for him to see”.
Personal belongings and household furniture form part of the matrimonial asset pool in a family law property settlement. However due to the falling value of second hand goods the value of such items is usually less than many people think. Frequently, in the absence of antique or designer furniture or artworks, household belongings are worth only a few thousand dollars as they are given their second hand “eBay” market value.
Despite the fact that they are not worth significant monetary value for some people personal belongings and household furniture can have sentimental and emotional value. At times settlement of a matter can become bogged down due to the fact that the parties cannot agree how to divide household and personal items.
At such times one option may be in for the parties to implement the “pick a pile” strategy. This involves one party preparing two lists of the parties’ household contents and the other party selecting out of list A and list B which goods they wish to keep. This provides an incentive for the party preparing the two lists to ensure that both are equivalent in value in light of the fact that they may be left to keep the goods on either list.
The other issue which this article highlights is the fact that when divorcing it can sometimes be difficult to remain amicable with your ex-spouse. In these circumstances a solicitor may actually assist in defusing conflict between the parties so that an amicable and fair property settlement can be reached for all.
If you are currently separating from your partner or spouse and would like some advice about what you may be entitled to, please feel free to contact us on 02 9261 4555 to book in for an obligation free initial appointment with one of our solicitors.