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Divorce is rarely an organized and straightforward affair. There are so many moving parts that it's easy to forget about some things until it is too late and the papers have been finalized. Here are three oft-forgotten things you should talk to your soon-to-be ex-spouse about while negotiating your divorce.
The Possession of Intimate Pictures and Videos
It's not unusual for married people to take sexy pictures or videotape intimate activity. Even people who aren't married make sexually explicit videos, as the string of celebrity sex tapes "accidentally" released online can attest. However, while you may not mind keeping those images and videos around for later use or to reminisce about when you were married, you probably don't want that stuff in the hands of an ex-spouse who may be bitter enough to make them public in an act of revenge.
Therefore, your divorce negotiations should include a conversation about who gets the intimate images and videos. If you're concerned that your ex-spouse may share that private material, then you should fight to have the files destroyed rather than wrangle over possession. Be certain to include a penalty for keeping and/or sharing the files that's severe enough to discourage your ex from saving copies for use at a later time.
Even if you don't care if other people see the pictures, you should at least discuss how the images can be used and any compensation your ex should pay if he or she wants to use the photos or videos to make money (e.g., sell them to a porn publisher).
Who Gets the Online Gaming Booty?
According to statistics obtained by the Entertainment Software Association, about 155 million Americans play games on a regular basis, and the average player is 35 years old. Video games have become a ubiquitous part of American culture, so it's not unheard of for couples to band together and storm digital castles. It's also not unusual for couples to share any booty they may receive after completing quests.
Most of the time, these virtual goods aren't worth much and can be accumulated again with a little bit of time and game play. However, some games have rare items that can only be obtained once and are worth quite a bit of real money. For instance, a player once paid $16,000 for a unique sword used in an online role-playing game.
It's worth taking a look at the digital booty you and your ex have accumulated while playing games together and sort out who gets what. If you notice your ex has something valuable that could be worth a decent sum of money and you helped him or her obtain the item, you may want to negotiate a compensation clause whereby your spouse has to give you part of any proceeds your ex gets if he or she decides to sell it.
The Body Buried in the Backyard
When loved ones die, most people bury them in cemeteries or have them cremated and placed in urns. However, sometimes people have their loved ones buried in the backyard of their homes. It's not illegal to do this, but you must have permission from the city to intern a body on your private property.
If this is something you or your spouse has done with a friend or family member that passed away, then you must discuss what will happen to the decedent once you're divorced. This is particularly important if the court orders you to sell the home and split the proceeds. It's doubtful the new owners will want to play host to your deceased friend or mother-in-law.
If you decide the decedent will be removed from the grounds, talk about who will pay for removal of the body and internment at another location as well as any landscaping that may be required to fix the yard. Be careful when using this matter as a tool for gaining concessions on other assets and issues as handling it the wrong way could sour what would otherwise be an amicable divorce.
For assistance with these and other sensitive matters related to separating, contact a divorce lawyer like Andrew H P Norton.