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How to divide your artwork

Getting divorced in Texas can be stressful, but a new level of difficulty is often reached if you are an artist. Determining the cost and ownership for your creations is hard since the monetary and sentimental values may not always match. We at the Law Office of Brian Turner understand how confusing this topic can be, which is why we have created this guide to dividing your artwork during divorce.

 

Just as you are required to list all accounts and marital property during your divorce, you also need to name your creations. The Huffington Post recommends that you start by recording when each creation was made, when and if it was sold, what the cost was to make it and how much money it was sold for. In some cases, getting an appraisal for works that have not yet sold may be necessary to assist you in naming the value of certain pieces.

 

You will likely be able to count anything made before your marriage or after your separation as sole property. Anything created during the marriage may be considered joint property and require division during your divorce. If you are receiving payments for royalties or rights for pieces that you created during your marriage, this will likely need to be split between you and your ex-spouse.

 

In some cases, you may be able to negotiate with your spouse to allow him or her something of value in exchange for sole ownership of all your artwork. For more information about how to divide your property, please visit our web page.

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