One of the most important steps to take when you are going through a divorce is to document the state and value of your marital assets. This can help you avoid disputes and ensure a fair division of property. One of the best ways to do this is to video the home and contents before you separate and vacate the marital home.
Video recording is a simple and effective way to capture the condition and location of your belongings. It can also provide evidence of any damage or missing items that may occur after you leave. Video recording can also help you estimate the value of your assets, especially if you have receipts, appraisals, or other documents to support your claims.
You should video the home and contents as soon as possible, preferably before you or your spouse move out. You should use a high-quality camera or smartphone and make sure the date and time are visible on the screen. You should also have a witness with you, such as a friend or family member who can verify what you are recording.
You should video the exterior of the home, including the front, back, and sides, as well as any landscaping, garage, shed, or other structures. You should then move inside and video each room in detail. You should capture every item in the room, including furniture, appliances, electronics, artwork, jewelry, clothing, books, etc. You should also open drawers, closets, cabinets, and safes to show what is inside them. You should narrate what you are recording and describe any relevant features or issues, such as brand names, model numbers, serial numbers, purchase dates, prices, defects, damages, etc.
You should save the video file in a secure location, such as a cloud service or an external hard drive. You should also make copies of the video and give them to your lawyer or trusted person.
Videoing the home and contents can help you protect your rights and interests in a divorce. It can help you:
– Prove ownership and value of your assets
– Identify assets that your spouse tries to hide
– Prevent or resolve disputes over property division
– Since you may not be able to enter the home again a video may help you compile a list of personal property that you want to receive from the home.
– Reduce legal fees and court time
Videoing the home and contents is a simple but powerful tool that can make your divorce process easier and smoother. However, you should always consult with a qualified divorce lawyer before you take any action regarding your marital property. A lawyer can advise you on the best way to document your assets and protect your legal rights.