Who Should Move out of the Marital Home During Divorce?
It depends on the details of the situation. When it comes to staying in versus vacating the marital home during divorce, some of the major questions to answer will be:
- Is moving out necessary for at least one party? – Can the divorcing couple live together civilly? Is anyone in danger by remaining in the marital home? Or is anyone’s mental health being compromised by staying in the marital home? Although divorcing couples may be eager to separate from their ex, it’s important to consider whether there is an actually need to move out (versus just the desire to live separately). This is because, while moving out can come with some financial burdens, it may also have some impacts on people’s interests in the divorce case.
- Are children involved? – If a divorcing couple has children, whether or not moving out of the marital home is a good idea will involve considering whether the children’s health and wellbeing will be impacted by staying. For instance, will the children be exposed to fighting and more stress if the couple lives together through divorce?
- Is it financially feasible for one party to move out? – Divorce can be an expensive process, especially when couples disagree about a lot of issues. Moving out and setting up a new residence will only add to those costs. So, if it’s not going to be financially feasible to live apart while a divorce is pending, it’s important to be aware of this before making the move and sabotaging your financial future.
- Interests in the marital home – In general, moving out the marital home will not mean that someone relinquishes his interests in the home. In other words, moving out doesn’t mean that someone has given up his or her entitlement to some share of the marital home. What may occur, however, is the loss of the right to return to the marital home during the divorce, especially if the other partner secures a protective or restraining order.
- Interests in child custody matters – In some situations, moving out the marital home may affect a parent’s interest in custody disputes. This is because it may be possible to argue that moving out indicates a lack of interest in maintaining a close relationship with the children. It is, however, possible to counter such arguments by, for instance, moving close to the marital home, petitioning for temporary custody arrangements, etc.
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