Living Together During Divorce.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Because of economic reasons, many couples can not afford to separate and run two households even after one of the spouses has filed for divorce.  This can be both a good and bad situation. 

Where an amicable settlement of divorce issues is imminent, a joint living situation gives the parties time to discuss things and work out the terms of the divorce.

Where there is dispute, or worse, anger management or mental health issues, this can cause a situation to blow up out of proportion, and even result in domestic violence.

How do you live together during divorce?  If the house is large enough, it is easy to stay out of the other’s way.  Keep a separate bedroom or live in the guest quarters.  However, if the home is small, you have to schedule use of kitchen, baths, and refrigerator with tact.  Don’t get in each other’s way.  Don’t antagonize the other.  Try not to let a bad situation get worse.

Sit down to discuss living expenses and how they will be shared.  Discuss chores and timesharing with the kids.  If you cannot accomplish this between yourselves, bring in a divorce lawyer to get a temporary court order which governs these issues.   In this way you can at least alleviate disputes on a temporary basis to allow for peaceful living until the divorce decree is signed.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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