If you and your spouse recently decided to call it quits on your marriage, things are likely a little tense at home. Although it seems only logical to move out during this process and spare yourselves any unpleasant encounters, moving out before your divorce is finalized is actually a pretty big mistake and can potentially have lasting consequences.
Moving Out During a Divorce
Moving out of the family home during a divorce probably sounds like an effective way to minimize conflict during this contentious process, but the ramifications of this decision may haunt you in court, especially if you have children. If you move out, your spouse may choose to fight dirty, and accuse you of abandoning the children. Additionally, you may also risk losing the home itself.
After you move out, your spouse may also file paperwork to request temporary possession of the home, which means you will be prohibited from returning to the home for anything until the process is finalized. If you have a particularly acrimonious relationship, leaving your spouse alone with all of your prized possessions may be an uncomfortable thought. Some items may get lost, destroyed, or sold simply out of spite.
Choosing to move out of the family home before your divorce is finalized can also have some major financial consequences. In addition to paying for your new living accommodations, you may have to pay for half the expenses of your home if your spouse can successfully obtain a court order. With double the expenses, you will be under some serious financial stress.
It may be hard to continue living with your spouse during your divorce, but the potential consequences of leaving are often far worse. Before you make any big decisions, consult with an experienced family law attorney.
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