Divorce presents a time of great changes for a family and one of the most dramatic is that of the living arrangements. With it becoming more difficult to find affordable housing, couples are turning to cheaper alternatives. Those who are focusing more on the welfare of their children might want to take a look at new ways of dealing with the housing issue. To find out about what many couples often do and what some couples do differently, read on.
How Housing is Often Handled
Many people will naturally gravitate to more traditional ways of dealing with a split during separation and divorce. The way housing is dealt with can depend a lot on the presence of minor children. The parent who is awarded full physical custody may remain in the family home while the non-custodial parent moves out. The non-custodial parent is usually awarded visitation. The arrangement may continue until the child is older. In other cases, the family home is ordered sold and both parents must find new housing. The financial resources of the parents will influence the above and below methods of dealing with divorce. Also, the same ideas apply equally to home renter and buyers.
When Budgets Are Tight
You can afford to divorce but not to live apart? If that sounds like your situation, you might consider cohabitation. There's no law that says divorced or separated couples have to live apart. When divorcing spouses remain in the same home, it can be financially advantageous for both parties. Housing expenses can be split 50/50 or based on income. Also, it can be great for children who want to spend lots of time with both parents. Finally, it takes the burden off the couple dealing with divorce to find housing right away. It may work best for parents who get along and who have a house big enough to provide each spouse with enough privacy to suit them. Extra bedrooms, finished basement, garage apartments, and more should be considered if this sounds appropriate for you. In most cases, this type of living arrangement is temporary.
When Children Come First
Nesting (or bird's nesting) can work for parents who only want the best for their children and can afford to pay for it. The nest is the family home and the child remains in that home 24/7. The parents, however, move around a lot. One parent at a time stays in the home with the child. The other parent has to leave. That means that both parents must have other living arrangements.
To find out more about custody and living arraignments, speak to a divorce attorney.