Here are a few more of the aspects of your divorce or separation that are effected by when and how you separate
Separation also affects support.
If you are talking about physically separating, and you are no longer sharing the household expenses, this can trigger a right to support even if a divorce complaint has not been filed. That can include spousal support for a lower wage earner and child support depending upon your respective incomes and custody arrangement. While two parties are still physically in the same home, it is largely assumed that there is not a need for support so long as nobody is being left completely penniless and the bills are getting paid. When you stop being under the same roof and this stops being the case, you can find yourself facing a complaint for spousal support and/or child support. It is not necessary to stop living in the same home to establish separation, so you do not necessarily have to move out of your home; therefore, spousal and child support might not be triggered. (But really awkward living arrangements will be.)
Support rights change if someone files for divorce.
Once a divorce gets filed, a party can ask for support even if everyone is still in the same house. Heck, you may have to pay support even if the other side doesn't need it (i.e. you can get support you don't even need during the period of separation). This support for a spouse that comes into play after a divorce is filed but before it is finalized is called alimony pendente lite. The previously discussed two year separation period can be used for a party to obtain support during separation, and they might not be entitled to it after a divorce (or even during separation). The support you can receive while you are separated or while a divorce is pending is calculated differently than alimony, the type of support you can receive after divorce. A party may be able to use the two year period of separation to collect these funds, even if they would be capable of self-support after the divorce and not an alimony candidate. Additionally, while a party may have had an entitlement issue barring them from receiving spousal support, this doesn't apply to alimony pendente lite.
So what is an entitlement issue?
This does not refer to someone thinking they are entitled to get everything in this world (though that type of thinking might be a reason to separate). If you haven't been a faithful spouse, if you abandon or abused your family, or if you aren't separating for the right reasons, you may be barred from receiving spousal support. If you physically separate and there is no divorce, a party may not be entitled to the support they need if they don't have clean hands. If you leave for the wrong reasons, you may be leaving behind your support claim as well.
Separation will also trigger custody issues.
Once you have separated, you can file for custody. The court can even fashion an order while the two of you are still living under the same house but it will not go into effect until you are living in separate homes. Whether you are separated in the home or out of the home will play a major role on how often you can see your children. Continuing to reside in the home likely means seeing your child every day, which is almost guaranteed to be at least twice as much as you will see your children if you move out. However, continuing to live with your significant other post-separation is not for everybody. It can present a host of problems like fights about expenses, potential PFA exposure, etc.
If you leave are you really giving up your house?
Most often, yes. Whether or not someone physically leaves the marital residence can affect equitable distribution in that in most cases the party who continues to reside in the home during separation and pendency of the litigation tends to be the party who receives the home at the time of equitable distribution. iF YOU FOUND THIS HELPFUL, PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE WITH OTHERS SO THEY CAN BE HELPED TOO!
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