How long after a divorce is final does a person have to collect the property listed in the decree?

My divorce was final last year almost a year ago. My ex listed some items he wanted from the home. He has not collected any of these. I want to know if they are still considered his or are they abandoned property. I am moving soon and would like to get rid of this stuff.

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Family Law, Missouri

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, when there is a divorce decree where personal property is divided, the time to get the items allocated to a party is typically a reasonable amount of time.

If your former husband has yet to pick up the items given him by court decree after a whole year has almost passed, I would write him a letter letting him know that he has until a certain date to get the items and if not, you will dispose of such. Keep a copy of the letter for future use and need.


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