Leaving the marital home is a big step and requires careful analysis. There are many issues (legal, financial, and emotional) that arise from the decision to move out. Discuss with your attorney how to best resolve the issues to avoid or minimize the potential ramifications of moving out. Until you are able to discuss moving out with your attorney: 1. Don’t leave unless it is absolutely necessary for your safety, health or well-being; 2. Know the family financial situation before you leave and have a plan to support yourself; 3. Prepare for co-parenting; 4. Prepare an accurate list of all assets and debts and obtain a current copy of statements for accounts or other assets; 5. Manage resources conservatively; 6. Don’t date; 7. Assemble a team with your first team member being a divorce attorney.
An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.