Many divorcing couples remain in the home they share until finalizing their divorce. Yet this is not always possible or desirable. What are your options, then?
Here are some things to consider:
Do you have children?
Your kids would probably find it easier if you both stayed as long as you avoid arguing in front of them. While they will have to get used to you living apart eventually, give them time to process things if possible.
Is it safe for you to stay?
If you are divorcing because your spouse abuses you, you might want to move somewhere safe before you tell them. Remaining to see their reaction could prove too risky. If you are divorcing because they abuse your kids, you might also want to inform the appropriate authorities to reduce your spouse’s ability to say you stole the kids.
Do you have space for both of you to stay?
If you have a spare room, it is much easier, as you each need your own space. If not, the couch may be enough. Whatever you do, you can no longer share a bed.
Does one of you have easy options elsewhere?
If your spouse’s parents have a big empty house fifteen minutes away, and you have no family, it might be simpler if they move out and stay with their parents.
Much also comes down to the state of your relationship. Some couples will find it much easier to co-habit for the remaining months than others. Get legal help to understand the implications of any choices and determine what will happen to the house when you divorce.