In my divorce decree, what does previous orders entail?

Question:

My divorce decree states that any personal property that was the subject of previous court orders and which has not been exchanged should be by a certain date. Does this mean any property talked about in pretrial statements by either party or does is it actually mean an order that was entered by the court? I am a little confused on this matter and would like to make sure I am doing everything properly according to court orders.

Answer:

Without actually reading your Decree I can only base my answer on the facts as you have stated them. Based upon what you say is in the Decree, the reference is to previous court orders only. Any property owned by the two of you not divided by court order continues to be owned as tenants in common and must be divided in a separate court action from your divorce action. You should really have a lawyer review your Decree to completely understand your rights.

Good luck!

Patrick Sampair
The Sampair Group, PLLC

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