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Need to downsize after your divorce? Here's some tips to help

Property division during divorce is sometimes just as contentious as child custody matters. People care about their property, too, and want to ensure that they get what they rightfully deserve in a divorce. In fact, some spouses may actually seek to get property that they really don't want just to keep their exes from getting it.

If you have ended up with property that you're ready to get rid of after a divorce, there are a few options for dealing with it. Below, you'll find some tips to make your home feel a little less cluttered after your divorce:

-- Auction houses: If you have higher end furniture or artwork, you may want to consider contacting an auction house. There are usually some fees and or other costs involved, so make sure you understand the finer details.

-- Ebay: It's now easier than ever to sell items on this online auction site. You can also use "Shyp," to handing your packing and mailing needs.

-- Shelters for homeless and abused women. There are many items that are always in need at these shelters and your donation is likely tax deductible.

You don't have to settle for storing items from your divorce that you really don't want or need. In addition to having more room, you may also feel as though your home is finally yours.

If you have problems during the property division phase, you may need to contact your attorney. This includes difficulty in getting your property from your ex-spouse. Your attorney can provide you with information on how to proceed should that happen.

Source: Chicago Now, "Downsizing and Donating After Your Divorce? How to Do It!," Donna, Feb. 12, 2016

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