If you are contemplating divorce and are thinking about moving out of your house right now before you even initiate the divorce, you should think twice. While this is not always a bad idea, it can have consequences and negative effects on you. In fact, here are some of the risks you take if you decide to move out of your house before you start the divorce proceedings.
You leave everything in your spouse's possession
The first thing to understand is that even if you pack a few things to take with you when you move out, you will be leaving most of the things you own in your spouse's possession. By doing this, you basically are giving full control to your spouse over these things, and your spouse will be free to do with them whatever he or she wants. While your spouse may not do anything to your things, there is a chance that he or she will, but this is a risk you take when you move out before filing for divorce.
You may never be able to return
Secondly, if your spouse files for divorce after you move out, there is a chance you may never be able to return to the home. When a judge sees that one spouse moved out, it often speaks volume to the judge about the person. The judge may then not allow you to move back into the house, unless your spouse wants you to.
It could affect the custody of your kids
It is also important to realize that if you move out of the house prior to your divorce and do not take your kids with you, you may lose the right to seek custody of the kids in your divorce. When a parent leaves their kids, it often shows that leaving the family is more important than the kids. If you hope to gain custody of the kids, you should not leave the home without them.
You may experience financial problems
Finally, you should understand that unless you are moving in with someone and will not have to pay to live there, you could experience some major financial problems by moving out. You will still have to provide financially for your family, even if you are not living in the house, but you would also have to provide a place for yourself to live.
Leaving your house too soon can have consequences, and this is why it is better to talk to a divorce lawyer before you make any type of move like this.
For more information, contact a law firm like Jacobs & Barbone P A .