You say you are in the middle of a custody battle, but do not mention anything about a divorce. Has the divorce already taken place or are you and your ex-husband modifying the custody agreement? I need to know what stage of the process you are in because if you are getting a divorce, then property division will take place at that time. Property division is a separate issue from child custody and should not have any bearing on the custody determination.
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Who told him he could come get the couch and other items? If it is an order of the court, I would just give it to him if you still have it and he asks for it. If it was just some verbal exchange between the two of you, I would take the position that he has abandoned items.
You really should invest in a consultation with a good family law attorney in your area. The attorney will be able to ask you a lot more questions than we can on Avvo and, based on your answers, will be able to give you specific advice carefully tailored to your specific facts.