The decision to move during a divorce is a big one. You shouldn’t take it lightly. There are potential custody issues and added expenses to moving while a divorce is still pending. Despite these disadvantages, however, there are still situations in which it is worth it to make the move. If you are set on moving during your divorce, make sure to do it in a way that protects you down the road.
3 things to remember if you move during a divorce:
- Don’t leave without important documents: The desire to get out and get on can be strong, but you will need to get copies of all of the relevant financial documents, such as pay stubs and tax documents before you leave the home. If your spouse chooses to be difficult down the road, you will still be able to get a hold of them, but it could become an expensive hassle.
- Take inventory of valuables: If you are leaving the house, make sure to get pictures and keep inventory of all the valuables you and your spouse own. These things could mysteriously go missing during the proceedings. Make sure to catalog your spouse’s valuables in addition to your own.
- Don’t forget about custody: If you have children and you are hoping to get shared parenting rights, you should pick a new home close enough to your marital home that it won’t interfere with the children’s schedules. This may make things easier for you and your children later on.
Moving out during a divorce can create issues, but sometimes after all the stress and pain of ending a marriage, it might feel like the only possible option. Knowing how to protect yourself and your valuables during the move with make it much easier for you down the line. Take the time to do things right during the move, and you will thank yourself for it later.
Julian, Crowder & Shuster is a Lewisville divorce law firm. We also handle bankruptcy law and criminal defense.