Should you pack up and move out during a divorce?

When it comes to divorce, anyone who is going through the process probably has a lot of questions that need to be answered. There are also a lot of important tips to keep in mind if you are going through a divorce in Morris County, including what to do about the home you share.

When a couple chooses to divorce inevitably one or both of the spouses usually feels like moving out. Although this can relieve some tension and allow a person more freedom, moving out of a shared home is usually a big mistake, according to one divorce attorney. The reason moving out before the divorce settlement is final is so damaging is because once a person officially leaves the home it can be very hard to get back in.

When a spouse leaves the home it can be used against him or her because it can be determined that the person has abandoned his or her family. Even if a person’s spouse is demanding that he or she leave, as long as one’s name is on the mortgage or lease he or she simply does not have to go. By leaving the home it can also give the appearance that one doesn’t care about his or her family, which can be damaging in child custody matters.

Although moving out of the shared home is sometimes the only option a person has, in most cases, it’s better to stand your ground and stick to living in the home until the divorce is final. If you need help with this question and others like it, then maybe it’s time for you to consider to speaking with an experienced divorce attorney before you do anything else.

Source: Huffington Post, “Why moving out is the biggest mistake in a divorce,” Joseph E. Cordell, June 19, 2014.