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What happens if I move out before my divorce is finalized?

Living with someone you are divorcing can be a nightmare. Between the fighting and tense silences, two people can struggle enormously to live with someone they don't even like, respect or trust anymore.

Not surprisingly, many people decide that it is best to just remove themselves from that situation by moving out. While putting space between you and your ex can be a great source of relief, there are some drawbacks you should be prepared to face if you are the one who moves out of a marital home.

One of the biggest problems that can arise if you move out is how it might look to the court when it comes time to create a parenting plan. In some cases, the court might consider a move-out as a sign of abandonment or an indication that you don't value daily interaction with your children. This is certainly not always the case, but it is something to keep in mind.

Other problems can arise when it comes to property division. If you move out of the marital home leaving your ex (and your kids) there, then it can be easier for that person to ultimately stay in the home.

Another financial consideration to keep in mind is that it takes money to maintain two separate households. If you move into your own place, you can end up paying for a second set of furniture, a second monthly rent, a second set of groceries and a second set of utilities. This would leave you with fewer marital assets to divide in your settlement.

As this article from The Nest discusses, moving out of your home during a divorce won't affect your ownership of the house. It won't mean that you will automatically lose it in a divorce. However, it can make certain options more difficult and send a message to the courts you may not be trying to send.

In order to minimize the fallout -- financial and otherwise -- of moving out of a marital home, it can be wise to discuss your options and the potential ramifications of this decision with your attorney before making any drastic moves.

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