Whether you are just considering divorce or if you are in the early stages of a South Carolina divorce, the good news is that you can take steps to ensure the process goes smoothly later on. One good way to do that is to create a “household inventory” or a list of all household items of value before the divorce is fully underway. To find out more about how to create one and why it can be helpful, keep reading.
Why create an inventory?
Creating a household inventory might seem silly; after all, you've both lived with the items for years, or even decades, and you likely already know what everything is, right? Wrong! Though you pass by the items every day, it is quite possible if you were forced to draw up a list without being able to walk through the house you might forget many items, even the important and most valuable items. Living among the daily clutter of a house, it's unavoidable that some things fade into the background, making them easy to forget about in a divorce. Putting together a simple household inventory ensures that these items are not forgotten and the things that are important to you and your spouse are identified and then divided equitably if a separation occurs.
Avoid Missing Property
Another benefit of putting together an inventory is to guarantee that things don't go missing before you have a chance to catalog them. During the chaos of a divorce, especially when one party moves out of the marital residence, it is very easy for things to get lost in the shuffle. TVs, furniture, dishes, art work, etc. can all easily get moved or taken and then become the subject of a dispute down the road. By putting together a list in advance, there's no need to fight over who has what, the items can simply be identified among each other's belongings and then divided at some point in the divorce process. You will save yourself sometimes thousands of dollars by having this list readily at hand.
When to do the inventory?
The earlier the inventory is done, the better. As already mentioned, once a divorce gets underway and the parties physically separate, it can be difficult to put together a comprehensive list of household items. By taking action at the beginning of the divorce process you can put the issue out of your mind and free up energy, and other resources, for other things.