TXex's wrote:I would not recommend removing any property from the home as that could be considered hiding marital property.
In my personal experience, removing something in order to prevent it being discarded, kept from you ("lost"), damaged, or given away, is much better than exposing it to these risks from a vindictive STBX. I would happily stand in a courtroom and say "Yes, your honor, I removed some of my personalty because I had legitimate concerns that the property would be damaged or missing. I took nothing of hers, and here is a list of everything I removed."
I removed my musical instruments because of this risk, but should have removed much more. Indeed, much of what was on my list in the property distribution ended up being shoved into a leaky storage unit, damaged, mildewed, and ruined completely. I tried to take her to court for contempt and the judge denied without explanation. They just don't care.
Another example was my CD collection...when I went to pick them up, the jewel boxes were empty. The cop shrugged his shoulders "oh well" and nothing could be done by then. So yes, things that you used exclusively, your golf clubs, your fishing poles, your personal memorabilia, your laptop/tablet, and duplicates/negatives of family photographs should be removed. Of course this doesn't mean furniture and appliances, but small things that might grow legs, heirlooms, etc. Don't take the kids' stuff either.