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When Can I Move Out During a Divorce?

Knowing When to Move Out During Divorce Proceedings

Moving out of the marital home before a divorce has been finalized can actually harm the outcome of your case. The judge can take your moving out as a sign you don’t care about your home or living with your children. Some spouses feel obligated to be the one to move out during a divorce, even if divorce wasn’t their idea. Before you move out of your home, consult with a Massachusetts divorce attorney at our firm. If you and your spouse have begun the divorce process and you want to move out, then moving out is possible. However, you need to talk to your lawyer first.

There are specific issues and strategies to consider. If you do it right, a temporary orders hearing can happen within 10 days. You might be able to even leave sooner, but it can hurt your chances of keeping the home or it can have an effect on custody if it was positioned to the judge that you left your children. While you can leave when it’s time, you need patience in the moments leading up to your move.

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