Last week a prospective client walked into our office and asked for some
advice regarding the
divorce process. She had made up her mind that it was time to file for
divorce against her husband but was unsure how to go about it.
Her main concern had to do with whether it was a good idea or not to have
her husband (and the father of her kids) continue to live in the marital
home or to ask him to leave in the
divorce papers. While there is no "one size fits all" piece of advice that can
apply equally to all inquiring spouses there are some factors that are
worth consideration across the board.
Keep your children in mind during the divorce
As touched on in our introductory paragraph, whether there are children
involved is perhaps the most important consideration. If your position
is that your children need to continue to live in the home- and with you
as a result- then it may be in your best interest to request that you
be given exclusive use of the home.
This is important strategically because what occurs at the beginning and
middle of a divorce, such as you remaining in the home and your spouse
living elsewhere, is what tends to end up happening ultimately.
In the timeline of a case, a
temporary orders hearing is the first opportunity for both parties to appear before the judge that
can potentially decide their fate, post divorce. As it pertains to asking
your spouse to move out of the home prior to this hearing, if your spouse
actually does move out- and your kids remain with you- that is a huge
hurdle for your spouse to overcome in the hearing.
Simply put- since your spouse has moved out it looks like they are willingly
leaving the children behind and that is something that a judge will most
likely not look highly upon. This alone can cause a judge to name you
joint managing conservator which allows you to choose the residence of the children in addition to
having the aforementioned exclusive use of the home.
Finalizing the Divorce
As a case moves towards its conclusion, the fact that you have remained
in the house and your spouse hasn't can cause a judge to more strongly
consider awarding the home to you in a trial setting. Should you and your
spouse settle the case prior to a final trial then it will still give
you a strategic advantage that many opposing parties will not risk going to trial.
The reason being that the presumption is so strong that the party that
has vacated the home will not be awarded the home in trial, most people
in this scenario will not want to wager additional time, energy and
attorney's fees to find out if they can overcome those odds.
Other factors are important to consider as well when weighing whether to
ask your spouse to move out of the home. There are emotional ties that
each person living in a house will have that go beyond the structure itself.
Memories and nostalgia, even if recent times have been bad, will cause
most people to fight hard to remain in the house even if you kindly ask
them to leave.
The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan handle divorce cases of
all varieties. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can
effectively advocate for your rights.
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan | Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan routinely handles matters that affect children
and families. If you have questions regarding
divorce, it's important to speak with one of our
Houston, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
divorce lawyers in Houston TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and
developing a strategy to meet those goals.
Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online
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Divorce cases in Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein,
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