When the relationship degenerates to the point of divorce, it comes with a great deal of financial, physical and emotional stress. The entire situation is all the more draining if you have to continue sharing a living space with the person you no longer feel anything for.
If you have made the decision to live together while your divorce is underway, it is important that you set some ground rules. This is especially important if you have kids. Here are three helpful tips for sharing a home while the divorce is underway.
Respect each other’s space
Whereas you will be sharing a living space with your soon-to-be ex, it is important to recognize that the dynamic between you two has changed. Start off by having separate bedrooms as well as bathrooms if possible. Basically, do everything you can to stay out of each other’s path.
Come up with parenting rules
If you have kids, try to work out a co-parenting schedule. Ideally, you want to come up with a co-parenting plan that you will eventually adopt when the divorce is finalized. An effective co-parenting plan will help prepare the kids for the impending separate households and make the transition a lot easier for them.
Sever your finances
During normal times, you probably shared a budget and possibly had joint bank accounts and credit cards. However, now that your divorce is underway, it is in your best interest that you sever your financial ties with your spouse. This is the time to start working on your own budget and finances.
Living with a spouse is certainly easier during good times. If both of you decide to share a home during the divorce, it is important that you take appropriate steps to safeguard your rights and interests.