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Getting Divorced? Read This Before You Move Out

In today's world television, movies and reality shows display that the moment a divorce is filed one of the parties must move out of the home. In Connecticut, this is not true. Both of the parties have the right to stay in the home throughout the entire divorce (even if it's awkward). One of the only exceptions when someone can kick their soon to be ex out of the house is when there is domestic abuse and/or violence.

But let's say you're ready to get out of the family home ASAP, when should you leave? Well, the answer depends on whether you have children or not. If you do not have kids, then you can (if you want) move out at any time or you can stay in the house until the divorce is finalized. However, if you have a child or children who live with you and your spouse a temporary custody and visitation agreement should be in place before you get your new oasis. Why? Because Connecticut Courts don't like to see one parent move out of the home without a custody and visitation plan in place. Some courts have even found moving out while the kids are in the family house to be "abandonment" of the children! 

So what is the most important thing to do before you move out of the house? If you have children, get a custody/visitation plan (also known as a Parenting Plan) in place. Do not leave, regardless of how annoying your partner is or may be. If you don't have kids and you want to move out, make sure anything that is valuable to you (especially sentimental value) is in a safe place so that you will have it well after the divorce is final.

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  • Hi Yuliana and Attorney Prince, Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to meet with me. I really appreciated how compassionate you were while listening to my situation, even through my tears. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information with me. I left feeling very hopeful that when the dust settles, I’ll be ok.
  • Wendy helped guide us through a very difficult and emotional process and was really able to provide an even and fair account for both parties. It's quite evident in her expertise in this area but the way she was able to make you feel safe and secure in a very insecure time goes far beyond her legal prowess. If the two parties are really willing to cooperate and collaborate, she's there to help gain the best possible solution for all involved, especially if there are children.
  • Regardless of how committed one is to the fact that divorce may be imminent and necessary, it is truly one of the most emotional and stressful situations one can experience. It can also be daunting. Wendy has a remarkable ability to cut through the noise and help you focus on the big picture while drilling down on what is most pertinent to your particular situation., they are a formidable team who work collectively with your best interests in mind.
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