Divorce is a difficult undertaking on all levels – emotionally, mentally and financially. During those tense moments, living under the same roof with your soon-to-be-ex can be difficult, to say the least. Besides, moving out before the divorce is finalized can greatly impact the outcome of the process.
If you decide to hold off moving until the divorce is finalized, you need to take appropriate steps to ensure that the living situation is bearable for everyone involved. Here are some of these steps:
Set clear boundaries
Sharing a bedroom when you have decided to divorce is never a good idea. Even if you do not have a spare bedroom, each party should have their own space, and you should sleep apart.
Manage your emotions
Sharing a living space with someone you no longer like (and perhaps loathe) can be a huge challenge. However, it is in your best interest that you keep a clear head and avoid confrontations that can be detrimental to your case. This is especially important when you share children. Practice self-care, eat and exercise and consider seeking counseling if this will help you keep your cool.
Review your budget and finances
Even if you are living in the same home with your soon-to-be-ex, chances are you will be responsible for your own upkeep and other bills. As such, you need to come up with a budget and stick to it. If you have been a stay-at-home spouse, you may want to petition the court for temporary spousal support.
Living under the same roof can be a huge challenge. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while sharing a home with your ex during the divorce.