If you have made up your mind to get a divorce, the first thing you think of may be to get out of a situation where there is so much resentment and hostility. The prospect of freedom is enticing, and you may be tempted to move out right away. But before you pack your bags and head for the door, there are some things you should consider before you leave the family home.
Once You Leave the Family Home, You May Not Be Able to Come Back
When you leave the family home, you leave your spouse in possession of the house and everything inside. While you may have packed your clothes and other necessities, there are likely valuable items such as furniture or items of sentimental value that are still in the home.
Although there are consequences in the property division process for spouses who destroy, hide, or sell furniture and other valuables without their spouse’s permission, this is not unheard of, especially in divorces where spouses are fighting constantly. If you leave and your spouse changes the locks, you may have lost a valuable opportunity to protect your belongings....