Should You Leave The House During The Divorce?
After you and your spouse decide to divorce, you may consider moving out of your home. Certainly, living with your former partner can be awkward and may lead to more fighting. Before you decide to move out, you should consider all the consequences.
Moving Out Can Be Expensive
If you decide to move out of your home, you will need to search for a new place to live. Moving into a new apartment or home means paying a deposit or closing costs. You will be responsible for all the bills at your new space. The court could also order you to continue paying some of the household bills at your former home. All that adds up to extra expenses, while you’re already going through a divorce.
Perhaps you and your former partner plan to sell the house, and you might make money from the sale. Or maybe your ex plans to keep the house. Assuming there is equity in your home, he or she will need to buy you out of the house. In the meantime, you are still paying your rent, your bills, your former household bills and any expenses associated with the divorce.
Staying Could Save You Time And Money
At Thomas M. Gurewitz, Attorney At Law, I often recommend individuals going through a divorce stay in their marital home until the divorce is finalized. It saves them the cost of trying to maintain two homes. I also find that people going through a divorce will move through the process more quickly if they remain living together. The situation may be awkward and sometimes tense, so you and former partner will be more eager to resolve the divorce quickly.
I have worked as a family law attorney in Illinois for over 40 years, and I find that the sooner the divorce is final, the better it is for everyone. Not only will a faster divorce save you money, but it will also allow you to move on with your life sooner. Continuing to live in your shared home may not be ideal, but if you and your former spouse can agree to it, staying could be your wisest option.