If you’re like most people going through a divorce, you don’t want to live in the same house with your soon-to-be ex-spouse for another minute.
But don’t start packing yet – it may not be a good idea for you to be the one who moves.
Should You Move Out of Your House During Divorce?
Before you do anything, you need to talk to your Milwaukee divorce attorney. Your lawyer will be able to explain the possible consequences of you moving out of your marital home during divorce. Some of those consequences can include:
- You returning to the house for whatever reason and your spouse becoming angry, which can lead to him or her calling the police
- Losing your right to live in the house in the future
- Being forced to continue to contribute to household expenses, even if you don’t live there (and even if you’re paying for your own apartment or house)
A lot of things can go wrong if you move out before you’ve talked to an attorney, so the key takeaway here is to sit tight until you’ve gotten legal advice.
What to Know About the Financial Side of the Marital Home
If you do end up moving from your marital home, you’re not going to lose your financial interest in it; leaving doesn’t mean the house automatically becomes your ex-spouse’s. The courts will still divide your property equitably – and while you may not be entitled to live in the house if your spouse has been living there the whole time, you’ll still get what’s fair if the house is sold (or a fair exchange if it isn’t).
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Divorce?
We can help you make important decisions about your future during divorce, and we’ll aggressively represent your rights every step of the way.