Question: My wife and I have been talking about a divorce. There has been some infidelity and the drinking has been too much. We really don't disagree on splitting anything. We don't have kids and we rent our house.
The only issue I see is what happens to our Atlanta Hawks season tickets. We're both huge fans and want to go to every game. Her father used to play for the Hawks many years ago. We've had the season tickets for years and now that the Hawks are winning, it could be a contentious issue for the divorce. She said she wants the tickets.
We both know it would be awkward if we saw each other at the games. Can you tell me how athletic tickets are handled when couples get divorced?
C.Y. in Roswell, Georgia
Answer: We have handled a number of divorce cases involving the issue of how to divide tickets to sporting events. People can become die-hard fans and when a marriage ends they can fight over who gets the tickets. We have seen this with many Atlanta sports teams, including the Hawks, Falcons and Braves.
Many times, one party simply buys out the other. In your case, you would pay your wife a sum of money for her share of the season tickets. Of course, you may ultimately pay her more than what the tickets cost.
Many times, but not always, there is a premium attached to tickets for a desirable or winning team; but that is certainly not always the case. Sometimes a divorcing spouse simply wants money.
If both spouses are rabid fans, we have seen the tickets divided based upon which spouse wants to see which game. We have seen spouses get the team's schedule and decide which games each will attend. We have seen this with clients who have tickets to University of Georgia and Georgia Tech games.
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