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Things to consider about living with your ex-spouse

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2021 | Divorce |

Believe it or not, there are some divorced couples that still live together. There could be many reasons for this living arrangement including children that are involved or high rent prices. While living with your ex-spouse is usually not ideal, some New York ex-couples manage to make it work. If you end up in this situation, here are a few things to consider:

Deciding whether to keep the divorce private

You aren’t obligated to tell everyone that you obtained a divorce decree. When you still live with your ex-spouse, it’s a lot easier to keep this information private. However, it’s important to have a conversation with your ex-spouse about who you are going to tell and when.

Navigating new romantic relationships

Dating new people can be one of the trickiest things to navigate while still living with your ex-spouse. Even if you and your ex-spouse no longer have romantic feelings for each other, dating can still bring up explosive feelings of jealousy. It’s best to communicate with your ex-spouse about these issues before you start dating instead avoiding these talks.

How to divide property

You may be able to cohabitate with your ex-spouse successfully for a time if you set clear boundaries. Some of those boundaries may involve financial resources and obligations like checking accounts and bills. During the divorce process, you will have already divided your marital assets. Keeping those things separate while living together could be important for the health of your new relationship.

Post-decree modifications

If you are still living with your ex-spouse, your final divorce settlement might need to be modified. For example, if your divorce settlement had you paying child support or alimony, these payments may no longer be relevant if you live in the same house.