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Why it’s important not to immediately move out during a divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2020 | Firm News

When most individuals in Florida get divorced, their first instinct might be to move out of their house as quickly as possible. However, moving out before the divorce is finalized can produce its own set of problems. If possible, both parties should try to live in the same house as long as possible, particularly if children are involved. While moving out first might sound appealing to some, it can end up hurting their case in the long run.

How moving out can negatively affect an individual’s case

When an individual moves out during a divorce, they might find themselves paying two sets of bills: their current rent or mortgage plus the rent or mortgage from the house they shared with their spouse. If the primary earner for the household moves out, the state might require them to continue paying the bills and utilities. This adds additional strain onto the other financial challenges that come with divorce.

If the couple has children, the individual who moves out will have less time with their kids. As a result, they might be denied custody or certain visitation rights. In certain cases, they might even have to pay child support before the divorce is finalized. To prevent situations like this, it’s beneficial for the individual to remain in the house as long as possible.

How to proceed in the event of a divorce

Speaking with a family law attorney may be beneficial to an individual who’s going through a divorce. An attorney might help the client divide up their assets, negotiate for child custody and visitation rights, determine spousal support payments and more. An attorney may also be able to give the client guidance and help them navigate through the divorce proceedings to ensure that they get the best possible outcome for their situation.