The reality is that most couples stop living together before or during a divorce. In many cases, one spouse moves out as soon as the couple decides to get divorced, knowing that it takes months for the legal process to play out but also knowing that they can move forward with their own decision before that.
However, some couples take the opposite route. They keep living together while getting divorced, and then they even stay in the same home after the divorce. They’re not obligated to do so. Legally, they’re no longer connected in any way. But they make that choice. Why would they do so?
The first reason is children. It can be difficult for the kids to move. If the parents share custody, they may find it easier to keep the entire family in one home. Even when the parents are not married, they can make decisions to put the kids first and make the process go smoothly for them.
The second reason is their finances. Splitting up takes time and money. Many bills — like rent or the mortgage — essentially double after divorce, since both people have to cover their own costs. Sometimes, couples would like to live apart, but it takes them some time before they are financially able to do so.
If you are involved in a rather amicable divorce, living together may be something that you are considering, and it can work. However, it does potentially make your situation a bit complicated. Make sure you are well aware of all of your rights after the divorce, especially if you have children.