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The King or the Queen: Who gets the season tickets in a divorce?

NBA season is ready to tip off, which means Sacramento's only major professional sports team is back in action. With a new head coach and new downtown arena, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Kings in Sac City. Basketball games have been a great source of bonding and entertainment for you and your family, but now the potential for divorce threatens to dampen the thrill of the season.

Value vs. opportunity

Who gets the season tickets in a divorce? California law encourages equality when dividing assets. Therefore, it is important to consider the value of your membership package. Think about the opportunity cost beyond the monetary price tag of the tickets.

What might you give up in exchange to keep the tickets? Will the chance to take my kids to games affect a custody agreement? Your spouse has an interest in the value of the tickets, but that doesn't mean you have to divide the tickets physically.

Three strategies to keeping your seats

There are a few strategies you can employ to keep your tickets without losing games or creating an awkward situation where you have to split seats.

· Buyout: Pay your spouse for half the value of the tickets for an agreed upon a number of years. This method can be costly up front, but it will be one less asset to negotiate in the divorce proceedings. Make sure you plan for this option with your attorney so you get it in writing.

· Trade equal value: You could agree to take on a portion of credit card debt in exchange for the value of the tickets - or another 'like value' trade.

· Prioritize: Make a list of assets related to recreation or entertainment. If you want to keep the tickets, put them higher on your list. If your spouse prioritizes another item, that could be an equitable source of value that allows you to keep your tickets.

Going through a divorce is a stressful task. Taking an assist from a legal professional can help you keep the source of entertainment and relaxation you might find in attending these sporting events.

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