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Deciding living arrangements is key in divorce

When Georgia couples decide to separate or end a marriage, making decisions related to living arrangements is one of the first bridges to be crossed. Unfortunately, the timing often coincides with the most turbulent emotional period in the divorce process. Each party must balance individual wants and needs with logistical and financial realities in order to find the right solution.

The marital home is often the desired location and a focus of litigation. For children and parents, a familiar residential environment can provide a bit of stability during uncertain times. Neighbors can provide playmates, babysitters and a support group in the wake of divorce. Choosing to remain in the marital residence can be complicated by financial reality if either parent cannot qualify to assume the mortgage with just one income, so pre-qualifying for a loan is a prudent strategy to inform divorce negotiations. Budgeting must also include maintenance and necessary expenses such as insurance and lawn care.

Relocating to a new home with a fresh start is the choice for some individuals. The prospect of a clean slate appeals to many, but it is critical to factor in things like childcare, school districts and emotional stability for children who may be less eager for new surroundings. Often, the best solution during and right after divorce is renting. Even parties who want to purchase are sometimes limited by mortgage qualification or frozen assets pending the final resolution of divorce litigation. Renting allows a cooling off period during which the parties can process the emotional aspect of marital dissolution before taking the plunge back into property ownership, which is a much more permanent decision.

When families split, there are many issues and decisions that must be made, such as child custody and property division. Consulting a qualified family law attorney may provide guidance and insight regarding living arrangements and other considerations in a divorce.

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