How long does an ex have from a divorce to get the remaining items from my garage?

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How long does an ex have from a divorce to get the remaining items from my garage?

I have been divorced for 4 years now.The ex never came to get the rest of his
belongings in my garage tools etc.. How long do I have to store them or can I get
rid of them? The divorce decree has no time frame mentioned. It’s been 4 years,
if I can’t get rid of them can i charge him storage fees?

Asked on June 22, 2016 under Family Law, Ohio


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I would suggest you start by talking to the attorney that represented you in the divorce to make sure that the court where your divorce does not have any standing ancillary orders that could affect your right to dispose of the property.
Generally, if a party does not pick up their items within a few months, then it is considered abandoned property.  Since it's been four years, it really is considered abandoned at this point.  However, to give yourself extra protection, send your ex- a letter to the last know address with a note that if they do not pick up the items within 30 days, that you will dispose of the items.  You can try to bill your ex-, but you really don't have any contractual authority to enforce it.  However, you do have legal authority to get the items out of your garage.

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