How To Divide Possessions after a Breakup

Breaking up is hard to do, but it can be a lot more painful if you have to fight about possessions. Make it simple, quick, and fair.

You will need

  • A sense of fair play
  • A CD burner
  • Identical lists of contested items
  • An agreed-upon scoring system
  • A separation agreement (optional)

Step 1 Be fair, and share music Be fair. Agree to make duplicate copies of CDs to avoid debates. Divide furniture, utensils, and dishes equitably or by deciding who needs each item more when they move.

Step 2 Make identical lists Make two identical lists of property to be split. Don’t include pets, children, automobiles, or anything that requires a saw cut or a county court.

Step 3 Use point system Assign points to items each of you wants. The total points accumulated on each list cannot exceed one hundred.

Step 4 Divide things Compare your lists. Allow the person with the most points assigned to an item to claim it.

Step 5 Break tie scores Total the points of items won. The person with the fewest points is awarded tie-score items to even things out or until everything is gone.

Step 6 Sell the rest and divide money Liquidate the remaining property either by forfeiting a claim or by selling it and splitting the proceeds.