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Well it could be a criminal matter with the theft of the money - but because it is so close to the dissolution of the marriage the police are not going to get involved and will leave to the civil courts, unfortunately
And so yes you need to pursue it in small claims court - and you will have to request the value of the belongings. And then, of course, she can give you the money or return the items.
Small claims is relatively an easy process. I suggest you go to the clerk of the court in the county where you live and where the things were taken and request the packet of forms to file -
Before you do that, however, I suggest you to consider writing her a letter stating that she has breached the verbal agreement and that the following items are missing which were not part of the agreement - and the $600 should not have been taken either and that you want them returned. State that if she does not return them within 7 days of receipt of the letter you will have no other option but to file in small claims court
Mail this letter certified with a return receipt requested.
If she does not return the items or give the money then file the lawsuit.
This letter is important because it shows the court that you tried to settle this out of court and that she is not going to
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