Physically separating during a divorce is usually a good idea. For some this may seem to go without saying but a surprising number of people stay living under the same roof while their divorce is pending, and in some cases even after the divorce is made final. If you are considering living together while your divorce is pending, you should be very cautious. We have seen too many cases in which for one reason or another, the parties stay living together even after one files for divorce, and domestic violence or other serious problems arise. Inevitably, no matter how amicable the divorce may be, if you are living together the potential for conflict is greatly increased. Your spouse or soon to be ex might just come home one day and start and argument over something causing things to spiral out of control. Be careful and at a minimum consult with an Ogden Divorce Attorney in our office about your options for separation before making a decision to enter a “nesting arrangement” with someone you may have very strong negative feelings for.
Children and Separation
Separation is also a good idea if it will help reduce the conflict witnessed in the home by children. Children are sponges and soak up nearly everything their parents do. Keep this in mind. Staying together in the same home during divorce or other proceedings only increases the chances your children will be exposed to fighting, or a generally negative environment. It may also send mixed signals to the children about how the family structure is going to be organized once mom and dad are no longer married. No matter what the financial convenience may be for not physically separating, your children’s best interests should come first over everything in your divorce.
We offer free consultations so if you need help with questions regarding separation, there really is no reason not to pick up the phone and speak with a Ogden Family Law Attorney today. Call us at any hour of the day or night, 801.317. 8232.