Divorce And Family Law Attorney

Should you fight for the country club membership in a divorce?

During a high-end divorce, there are typically expensive assets (and corresponding debts) that must be divided. As Texas is one of the states that follow a community property regime in divorce, that means both spouses divide assets and debts equally and not equitably.

So, you want to make sure that you get it right. If one of your assets is a country club membership, is that asset worth fighting for?

Reasons for keeping the club membership

It could be. Country club memberships don’t come cheap, and one can derive many benefits from retaining the membership. 

Suppose you have young children who enjoy the swimming, tennis and golfing opportunities that club membership provides. The kids are friends with the children of other members, and you want to eliminate as much disruption to their lives as possible.

Alternatively, perhaps you are an empty-nester who derives most of your workout and social opportunities from the amenities and activities the country club offers. Losing this access on the heels of the divorce could be like pouring salt into an open wound.

Reasons for ceding the membership to your former spouse

You might be tired of that scene or dread facing the folks with whom you regularly socialized without a spouse at your side. Retaining this significant asset also requires an equally hefty asset trade. If you are approaching the end of your earning years (or were a nonworking spouse), letting the membership go in lieu of a larger share of the retirement pie might be wiser.

Consider each move carefully

A divorce with significant assets requires strategizing each decision to make sure that it is the right one for you and your future. Learning more about dividing major assets can help you make the best choices in your divorce.