How to divide Hockey season tickets during a divorce

A couple in Canada who decided to divorce after 35 years of marriage had to go to court to settle one of the more important aspects of their separation: Who gets their Edmonton Oilers season tickets? Often during the divorce there are issues regarding the division of property.  Usually the house is the main issue.  In others people have to divide personal property such as jewelry, cars, dogs and cats and other belongings people acquire over there long term marriage.

Often people have to deal with other financial issues such as spousal support and in long term marriages that can be a huge issue.

Beverly and Donald McLeod separated in 2015, with Donald agreeing to pay Beverly $15,000 per month in spousal support. But they needed a court order to decide what to do with the hockey tickets they had shared for the past 11 years.

A judge ruled that the McLeod’s would share the tickets during the 2017-18 season, including playoff games, if applicable, since they were acquired during the marriage and fall under the definition of household goods. Since the tickets were acquired during the marriage they would be considered community property. In the state of California the community property laws mean that each spouse shares a one half interests in the division of the property that was acquired during the marriage.  In the case of the Mcleod’s who are die hard Canadian Edmonton Oiler fans need to somehow divide the season tickets to the Hockey games.  Obviously these tickets must be a hot commodity as the Mcleod’s are fighting over who gets them from the divorce.  Possibly they were front row or near front row seats.  And as for Canadians hockey is the biggest sport in country.

Luckily for the McLeod’s, they won’t have to sit together during games. In situations like these where spouses have to share something that cannot be given to one another but for alternating time with the items Courts will award time share with the other party.  This can happen with dogs and cats and children. Courts who have to intervene will award certain allotments of time to be split among the parties.  Ironically, the Courts have to sit as pseudo parents in these situations and oversee how to apportion personal property.

Last season, Donald gave Beverly one-third of the team’s regular season tickets and decided which games she would receive. When the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006, Beverly only received one set of playoff tickets.

This year, Donald will choose which game he wants tickets for, with Beverly choosing second for her game, with the two alternating thereafter. If the Oilers make the playoffs, Beverly would get first choice, with the two alternating again. Thus this type of property division shows how some items of personal property are often easy divide an others are very sentimental and of high value to the spouses.  It is always best to work out with your spouse the division of personal property without the judge’s involvement.