WHEN to Move Out
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When is the Best Time to Move Out During a Divorce?
Moving Out Quickly, When Possible, is the Best Option
Once a spouse has decided that a divorce is going to happen, continuing to live together under the same roof is a really bad idea. But many times, alternatives to this bad situation aren’t so clear. Money is scarce. Options seem limited. It’s hard to see how life is going to move forward. What’s a couple supposed to do? They can’t continue to live together, but they can’t afford to live apart.
At the beginning of the divorce, most couples need to physically separate, but deciding who stays and who goes is very difficult. Living together while seeking a divorce can cause many issues, including but not limited to:
- A hostile environment for the couple and children
- Increased chances of confrontation
- Inability to move forward
Most of the time the difficult question of who is going to stay and who is going to go resolves itself, as the spouses start planning their future apart. Occasionally, though, a family law judge has to get involved and make a preliminary determination as to which party gets exclusive use of the house. This situation is very rare.
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Should I Change the Locks to the Home?
There are only a few cases where unilaterally changing the locks on the marital home is a good idea. These situations are extremely rare, because it is almost always a bad choice to lock your partner out of their home. Also, it’s highly unlikely to work.
If the spouse is on the title – and sometimes even if they’re not – they can make arrangements with the locksmith to come over, usually within an hour, to change the locks, as well. Then you’re the one locked out.
Spouses can play the locksmith game for days, with no healthy or productive resolution. By the time they get this dispute in front of a judge, the judge thinks they’re both crazy. A better choice is, if you’re the spouse that gets locked out, the best strategy is to hire the best divorce lawyer you can find.
Affording to Move Out of the Marital Home
During a divorce, times are tight and families who are just barely getting by paying one set of bills suddenly have two sets. This situation presents special challenges for families going through divorce. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution. Divorce courts are not much help. Judges simply can’t make money grow on trees and, as much as they would like to help the parties, there’s only so much money available.
This is the time to be frugal and cut back on expenses in every way possible. Help tends to come from extended family and friends. Sometimes, the spouse must go and borrow money from loved ones just to get through this time. This help makes all the difference, though. Because it is very rarely in the best interests of the parties to continue to live together under one roof, a solution to the finances must be found.
And solutions do get found. In our experience, people figure these things out and life moves forward. It may not be the same as it was before for a long period of time, but, if the party stays focused on minimizing conflict, they’ll give themselves the best chance at getting a new start. They will come out of this tight situation okay.
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