Terry L. Hart, Attorney at Law

If you leave the family home, is that considered abandonment?

When a Texas couple gets married, they believe their marriage will last forever. In many cases, this is what happens, and they stay together for decades. But, when a divorce becomes inevitable, there are many things a person needs to consider. A couple doesn't usually want to live in the same house at this point of their relationship but leaving the family home may not be a good idea.

When a couple decides that a divorce is their only option, one of the spouses will probably move out. Before a person moves out, there are a few things they should keep in mind. If the spouse intends to seek primary custody of the children, they should not move out until a temporary order has been completed. If a person moves out before the temporary order is created, then the court may not grant them primary custody. If a couple does not have children but a person wants to keep the marital home, then they should not move out until they have had an initial hearing with the court. If a person moves out of the marital home before a hearing, it could look like they have another place to reside and may not be awarded the marital home.

There are many complicated matters that need to be worked out during a divorce. For couples who have children, child support and visitation are major issues. Property division is another area that can lead to disagreements. An attorney can guide their client through the entire process. Although a person is facing one of the worst times of their lives, it is important that they understand the importance of having a well thought out divorce agreement. An attorney understands the ins and outs of Texas divorce and can make sure their client's needs are met both now and into the future. They can advise their clients on what their best options may be and help them start their new life on the right foot.

There are so many things to keep in mind during a divorce. Although it is an extremely emotional time, it is important for a person to be able to think about their assets and children to avoid serious mistakes.

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