Your marriage is over and hopefully you are happy to be moving on and creating your new life. You’ve divided up the china, the furniture, and the wine glasses. You’ve created a parenting plan and are working on staying within your new budget as a single person. However, there are likely a few things lingering that need to be dealt with, which you just can’t bring yourself to face. This may include items that carry a lot of memories such as wedding photos, a wedding dress, wedding rings, family portraits, and photo albums. How do you move into the future with these things hanging around? And what, after all, are you supposed to do with them?
The decision may hinge on whether you have children from the marriage. If you don’t, the choice is purely yours. Maybe you’d like to keep the wedding photos because it was a happy day and so many people you loved were there. Or perhaps all you want to do is have a ceremonial burning of it so it can get out of your way. However you feel, it is completely up to you.
If you do have children however, you need to take their feelings into consideration. Most children are interested to see wedding photos at some point. They see it as part of their own history and as an explanation of where they came from. Maybe you needn’t keep all the photos, but a few at least are a good idea.
If you have your wedding dress, you might wish to keep it in case someone wants to wear it in the future. At the very least it makes a great Halloween costume. Wedding rings can be kept for your children, sold for cash, or stones can be reset into other pieces of jewelry.
Family portraits and photo albums should be put in a box and kept for your children. You don’t ever have to look at them again if you don’t want to, but you should preserve this history for your kids.
DeTorres & DeGeorge is ready to represent you in your divorce or post-decree modification case in Annandale and Watchung and surrounding areas of New Jersey. Call us now at 908-284-6005 to discuss your case.