How long after my husband abandons me can I sell the items he left behind?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Newport, KY

The man I was married to for four years out of the blue decides he wants a divorce and drives off into the sunset to another state and left all of his things (including clothes and personal affects) and told me he doesn't want any of them. He left me without a penny to my names and cleaned out our bank account. I'm 22 years old and am left holding the bag. I still have all of this things that he doesn't want and I need money to pay my bills. How long after he had left me can I pawn those things? He left oct. 3, we share a home with my parents and it is in their name, not ours.

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Nicole Prebeck


    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . I would agree to getting the divorce filed ASAP so you deal with these items. Additionally you could be entitled to have him give you a portion of what he took. Any property/debt incurred during the marriage is subject to division by the court. You should talk to an attorney quickly to get the process started.

  2. Daniel Seth Williams


    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . You need to get him to put in writing that he is authorizing you to sell his stuff. However, you should first file for divorce, get him served, and have the writing drawn up as a stipulation and order of the Court. This will take some time and a little expense, but in the end it will best protect you and give you the thing you are requesting how to do. Good Luck to you.

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

When is Property Considered Abandoned in Divorce?

Abandonment of personal property in divorce is when the property owner has relinquished all rights and possession to a piece of property.

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