After deciding to divorce, the vast majority of people are looking for a change of residence. Here are the three most important factors to consider.  

 

The settlement.

If your residence is jointly owned, rather than being a rental, you may need to wait on moving out. Judges are unlikely to interfere with what is working. If you hope to get the house in a settlement, moving out may hurt your chances.

 

Your kids

According to a study in the Journal of Family Psychology (Vol. 17, No. 2), children whose parents move more than a one hour drive away after divorce do not adjust as well as children whose parents stay in the neighborhood. If you must be the one to move, try not to move far.

 

Your safety

Above all, you must consider your physical and emotional safety and that of your children. If you need to move out to keep yourself safe, do it. And always remember that the court can issue restraining orders against any person whom you feel is a credible threat to you.  

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