Things To Consider When Moving Out Of The Marital Home
When a couple decides to separate, there may be a discussion of who will move out of the marital home and who will remain at the same address. This can be a complicated decision. After all, there may be emotional attachments to the home and neighborhood. There is also divorce strategy to consider, if you want to ultimately keep the home or not could be part of your decision.
If you have moved out of the marital home and are unsure of how to move forward now because you’d like to have the property once your divorce is finalized, talk to a Bucks County family attorney. There are many factors that can be negotiated. Once a lawyer knows what your priorities are, they can navigate your divorce for you to achieve optimal results for your future.
Leaving a Home Does Not Mean You Are Giving Up Rights
Being the one to move out of the marital home does not mean you are giving up the property. You still have a right to the asset if and when a divorce moves forward. Of course, because you are living somewhere else, you will not be aware of what is happening within the walls of the home. There may be upkeep or decorating decisions you do not know about or do not approve of, but you have to respect the privacy of the individual who remained in the marital home.
In short, if you decide to leave your marriage and your marital home, it is in your best interest to put sentimental items in a safe place. Some choose to document the house, recording videos or taking photos so it is clear what was in the home when you left and what conditions those items were in. Then, when there is a division of property, you will have documentation.
The Ability to Afford Two (or More) Properties
It is important to note that just because you move out a property it does not mean you are free of the expenses to maintain it. Primary income earners are often required to continue paying all or part of the living expenses, even in a marital home you are not living in.
Individuals who are economically dependent need to be careful. Best practice would be to have some funds reserved, just in case your spouse does not provide you with the funds you need to live. A support order could be pursued, but it may take time to access those funds.
Understandably, it is not always possible for a couple who is preparing for divorce to live in the same home. If you are living in a high-conflict home and need advice on how to move toward a better future, talk to a Bucks County family attorney.
Do you want to talk through the pros and cons of moving out of your marital home? The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand help to untangle complicated matters and inform you of your options. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.