Can I Keep My Club Membership In A Divorce?

Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.

844980_hotel.jpgClub memberships can be a point of argument in a divorce. Often, couples who have membership to a private club are both covered under the same member policy. Typically, one membership will include both people in the couple, so dividing the membership can be difficult. What is important to consider when fighting over such memberships is whether you van afford the membership after the divorce. Memberships are not considered an asset, but can be calculated in determining alimony expectations or as a negotiation tool. Before fighting try to have an understanding of what you are fighting over, including whether the members are going to be your social group during and after the divorce, whether you can have your own membership established without your spouse, etc. If the membership is one that you can have without your spouse, then you want to establish whatever cost would be. However, if the membership is through your spouse’s employer, then it most likely will stay with your spouse because it is nontransferable. Understand what you are asking for before fighting over it because it will save you time, money and frustration through the divorce.
If you have questions regarding your divorce, then you should speak with a family law attorney.