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Living Together During a Divorce

It may come as no surprise to hear that divorcing spouses living together will sound shocking to others. If you are going through a divorce right now, you may be wondering if continuing to live together while the divorce is ongoing is a possibility.

As a proficient New Jersey Divorce Attorney, I often get questions from clients about couples still living together when they are going through the divorce journey. During your journey to divorce, you and your spouse may decide that it’s practical to continue to live in the same home. If there is sufficient space and one of you is upstairs, and one is downstairs, or you’ve already moved to separate bedrooms, it is quite possible to go through this journey of divorce, living under the same roof. It affords you both the same opportunity to continue to enjoy the marital home. You don’t have the added expense of paying rent or a mortgage in a separate home while the case is pending. Also, it really does allow you to both maintain the standard of living during the pendency of the divorce. However, if there is acrimony or if there’s any hint of domestic violence, that type of arrangement is just not going to work for your family, and you need to consider how you are going to separate while you are continuing to go through your journey.

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If you and your spouse agree that you can amicably live together, it is absolutely legal and possible for you to share a residency for as long as possible. It truly depends upon the circumstances of you and your spouse’s relationship.


Tanya L. Freeman is a Principal in the firm’s Family Law Group. An accomplished client advocate, Ms. Freeman provides legal representation in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, interstate custody, relocation disputes and domestic violence matters.









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