When a married couple decides to
divorce, one of the first questions will be, “Should one of us move out
of the family home?” If the marriage has broken down due to a recent
affair, or because the constant arguing has become unbearable, emotions
can run high, and living under one roof may seem impossible.
This question of moving cannot be taken lightly, especially if you’re
thinking about moving out and leaving your kids behind. That is, if you
want to pursue
custody in the future.
If you’re getting a divorce, you may be considering moving out and
wondering if it makes a difference if you do it before, during, or after
the divorce. It depends. If you believe that child custody will be a contested
issue during your divorce proceeding, you may want to think twice before
you move out.
Setting a Legal Precedent
In a legal sense, you are setting a “legal precedent,” which
means a guide, which a judge will refer to later on. If you move out and
the new living arrangements are working just fine, a judge may not want
to disrupt the children’s lives.
Your spouse who stayed in the house could argue that a move would cause
too much disruption, so things are better staying the way they are. Also,
by moving out and leaving the children behind, you are sending a message
to the judge that your spouse is fit to care for your children.
If you feel that you must leave the family home and you want to be the
primary physical custodian, you should bring the children along with you.
Then, you should immediately go to family court and ask for temporary
custody and child support.
If you fail to promptly seek the court’s assistance, your spouse
can allege that you took the children without his or her consent. Family
law judges frown upon parents who remove children from their homes without
seeking the court’s acknowledgement.
If you fail to notify the court in a timely manner, it can backfire on
you. The judge could order that you return the children to the family
home pending the child custody proceedings.
If You or the Children are Being Abused
If you or your children are being abused, seek help immediately. Contact
our firm for legal advice and contact the local police department.
Domestic violence charges can have a major impact on a divorce case, and most police departments
are prepared to assist in these situations. You must become fully informed
of how to protect yourself and your children in the event of abuse.
Contact Jones Law Firm, PC today to request a