Can You Live Together While Getting Divorced?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Can divorcing couples live together while getting divorced?  It might sound ridiculous, but it happens, mostly out of fear of abandonment accusations or to conserve finances.   While there is no abandonment statute in the State of Florida, it is cheaper to have one household than two.

So for couples who want to or need to tough it out until one or both have to relocate outside of the marital residence, here is some advice:  if the house is large enough to not get in each other’s way, stay together…if the divorce is amicable, if there are no boyfriends or girlfriends in the picture, stay together.  If there is no intense anger or domestic violence, stay together.  But be forewarned:  the togetherness may spawn violence, mental abuse, or other unbearable behavior from your spouse due to the divorce pending and the circumstances.

A good general rule:  If there is alcohol abuse or drug use by your spouse, or violence, move out.   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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