Dividing Household Items in a Divorce Can Be a Complex, Emotional Matter

Dividing assets

For numerous couples, one of the most exciting things about getting married is registering for gifts that will help furnish their new home. Future husbands and wives eagerly await gifts such as bed linens, towels and kitchenware that they hope to use for years to come. Of course, not every marriage lasts forever, and when divorce is the best option dividing household items might be more complicated than you think.

Emily Farris, a published author who frequently writes about home decor, focused heavily on the new kitchenware that would accompany her 2012 nuptials. She even referred to high-end pots and pans when asked about her impending marriage, joking, “We’re only making it official for the All-Clad.” Several years later when she was headed for divorce, Farris realized that dividing household items such as cookware involved a great deal of thought and emotion. In Bon Appetit magazine, she discussed what went into the separation of their kitchen items, including these considerations that might be familiar to people who have gone through the same process: 

  • Pre-marriage lives — As her soon-to-be ex-husband had lived in Korea after graduating college, Farris agreed that he would get the carbon steel wok he often used to make stir-fry recipes he learned in that country.
  • Personal differences — Farris said one of the trouble signs in her relationship was that her husband enjoyed big, showy occasions and she preferred quiet moments. For example, he liked throwing crowded dinner parties where he’d cook large pieces of meat in a red 7.25-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven. Accordingly, that piece went to him. 
  • Family traditions — With her marriage struggling, Farris was searching for a ritual that she could share with her sons and decided that she’d cook pancakes on Sunday mornings. Since her skillet required her to spend most of her time at the stove, she bought, and kept, a large Staub griddle that let her cook several pancakes at a time. 

For you and your spouse, it might not be kitchenware that stirs up feelings. It might be a beloved sofa or the Peleton machine you both use. Whatever your situation, it’s important to hire an attorney who will listen to you and negotiate for asset division terms that meet your financial and emotional needs. 

Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C. is the Long Island divorce leader. Our attorneys take the time to learn about each client’s priorities before negotiating issues such as property distribution and child custody. Please 1.631.479.3839 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced New York family lawyer. 



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