Personal belongings after a divorce
November 2, 2012 7:33 AM Subscribe
Can my ex-husband keep my personal belongings?
posted by staggering termagant to Human Relations (10 answers total)
My divorce from my ex was final a year ago. I realized recently that my Christmas ornaments (given to me by my great-grandmother) are all mixed in with his, and are in the house we lived in together (where he still lives). I also recently found some of his family pics mixed in with mine, that I took when I left. I wrote to him and told him I'd like to give him those pictures back, and asked if I could come over and look through the suitcases to collect my ornaments.
He said that basically any property I left behind is just that, "left behind," and that maybe if he has time he'll look in the suitcases and notify me if he finds anything, but that he doesn't think the ornaments are there. I definitely don't trust him to return the ornaments.
He's been living in the house for a year and paying all the bills, though both of our names are still on the mortgage. i plan to contact a lawyer to ask about this, but wanted to get some input before I do. Has anyone had experience with this? Can my ex refuse to let me look for personal property that I know I left behind?