Dividing your art collection in a divorce in Tennessee

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2022 | Family Law |

If you and your spouse are divorcing, you will need to figure out how to divide your art collection. This can be a complex process, but it is important to make sure that each person gets their fair share.

Prenuptial agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract that you and your partner sign before getting married. This agreement outlines how financial assets, including art collections, will get divided in the event of a divorce or death. If you and your spouse have a prenuptial agreement, it should make dividing your art collection much easier.

Get an appraiser

It is important to get a professional appraiser who can accurately assess the value of your art pieces. They can give you an accurate estimate of the value of each piece, which can help make splitting your collection easier and ensure that you and your spouse receive an equitable share of the collection. When selecting an appraiser, find someone who’s experienced and knowledgeable about the type of art in your collection.

Negotiate terms

When dividing a collection, it’s important to negotiate terms with your spouse. This could include determining who gets which pieces or agreeing on their value. Be open and honest when negotiating terms, making the process less stressful.

Understand whether it’s marital or separate property

Marital property refers to any assets that were acquired during the marriage, while separate property refers to anything that was owned before the marriage. This distinction can help determine how much of the art collection each person should receive in a divorce.

No matter how you decide to divide your art collection, make sure to do it fairly and with respect. In some cases, it may be financially beneficial for one person to keep the entire collection while the other person receives other assets in exchange. The process can be difficult but with a bit of planning and negotiation, you can come up with a fair agreement.

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