Splitting Assets in Half (Literally)!

So, you think your own divorce or someone you knows’ divorce was wacky, crazy, bizarre, off the wall… ?

How about this separating couple in rural Cambodia…!!!!

Their divorce literally gave new meaning to dividing ALL marital assets down the middle……….


half house

Back in 2008, a couple in a rural Cambodian village decided to separate after 18 years of marriage!

The husband feared the wife was having an affair and became deeply enraged;  Apparently splitting up and dividing assets monetarily was not enough. He went so far that he decided to provide a physical representation of their split.

The separating husband, together with some of his family members, showed up with some saws and literally sawed the house in half! The husband’s half was carted away piece by piece, while the half they remains standing in the picture, went to the wife.

It should be noted that the angry hubby’s share of the house was pretty much uninhabitable.


If that wasn’t enough, how about the antics of a German man who took the phrase “splitting up” to new height!

half couch


This disgruntled hubby took to using power tools to divide such items as a couch, bed, tv, phone, teddy bear and even the family mailbox right down the middle.

Oh, and by the way, he even posted a memento of the occasion for all the world to see on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shMzEExRzf4


Translated from German, the man was quoted as saying……..

Thank you for 12 beautiful years, Laura!! You’ve really earned half!! Greetings also to my successor!!


It is estimated that roughly, 63% of American households have pets. These couples or families see their pets as their friend, their family, or even as a surrogate child. But, has anybody thought about what happens to Rover if a couple divorces?

In the eyes of the law, pets have traditionally been considered to be property – like anything else in a household that needs to get divided up.  Over the past several years, some courts around the country have, at least in part, given some credence to the idea of “the best interests of the pet” – dog, cat, etc.  There have been some joint custody awards, a visitation schedule set for the “visiting” parent and even awards of “doggie support”.

The moral of the story then, is if John and Jane Doe decide to divorce, in addition to determining what is a fair distribution of assets/liabilities, spousal support, custody of children, parenting time and child support, John and Jane may want to consider taking Fido’s or Whiskers’ interests into account as well.


The decision to get a divorce is always a difficult one. But once you’ve made the difficult choice to actually file, there is another lesser-known choice to make: how do you want to handle the proceedings? There are a lot of factors that go into ending a marriage: financials, property, alimony, visitation/custody rights, and/or child support. While most people choose to go with litigation and lawyers and rack up potentially thousands of dollars in legal fees, there is a more affordable option: mediation.

Divorce mediation differs from litigation and arbitration in a number of ways. The divorce mediation process involves a mediator, who is a third-party and will not impose a solution on the divorcing couple as a judge or arbitrator would.  The mediator facilitates negotiations between the divorcing couple to help them reach a mutually acceptable separation or divorce agreement. While the mediator participates in the proceedings in a hands-on way, the final decision is always up to the couple.  Divorce Mediation almost always ends up being less costly for the divorcing parties – they don’t each have to pay their own lawyers and can split the cost of one mediator. Divorce mediation also takes less time than going to court, which again cuts down on fees. The quicker the process is over, the less hourly fees you have to pay. In addition to being less expensive, divorce mediation tends to be much easier on your family as well, if there are children involved (since there is no reason to appear in court).

Overall, if you think that mediation might be a good option for you, please contact Landmark Divorce Mediation and we will answer any questions you have.

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