Understanding Home Abandonment. If you are undergoing a New Jersey divorce or legal separation, it is important to consider where you will live during the divorce process. The marital home is often one of the largest assets in the marital estate, and during any divorce matter it is important to carefully assess every decision that is made regarding the home. These decisions include your continued occupancy of the home pending the final Judgment of Divorce. So, are you considering leaving your marital home in your divorce?
Abandoning your home in your divorce is a significant step, for many reasons. It is advisable to discuss this issue with an experienced New Jersey divorce and family law attorney prior to making any moves. Moving out of your home during this critical time could have an impact on a variety of issues including:
- Custody of your children
- Parenting time with your children
- Child Support payments
- Alimony payments
- And more
Your Home & Your Situation
Our attorneys understand that every family circumstance is different. As such, we take the time to learn about you and your family’s unique situation and your end goals after your divorce. It is essential to discuss all aspects of your family situation with your divorce attorney, including:
- All aspects of your employment
- Income for both parties
- Child caretaking responsibilities for both parents
- Household responsibilities for both parents
- And more
Providing these important details will help your attorney as they work with you during your divorce.
Before leaving your marital home:
When thinking about moving out of your home and maintaining a second home or apartment during the litigation stage of your divorce, it is imperative to consider the practical child and financial impacts, including the following:
- What expenses will be incurred with your new home?
- What expenses will you be responsible to maintain at your existing marital home?
- Will you be absorbing two mortgages, two property tax payments, two insurance premiums, multiple monthly utility bills, etc.?
- How will both homes be paid for and maintained?
- Can your children be bused to school from both residences?
- Do your children have easy transportation options to and from their activities and both residences?
- What would a realistic, temporary child visitation plan look like until the final agreement is signed?
- If a move is necessary for job purposes, what geographical range of options are available to you and how will such a move influence your custody and parenting time with your children?
Leaving your marital home in your divorce could be a mistake. Talk to us. We understand this is a difficult time for you and our experienced attorneys listen carefully, then help you weigh up your options. We work tirelessly to safeguard your ‘now’ and secure your future: with your children and financially. Call us to schedule an initial free consultation (888) 888-0919.