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Going through a divorce while living in the same house

Even though the economy has made improvements in recent years, many Massachusetts homeowners continue to struggle with their mortgage loans. For couples who decide to divorce, this may mean not having the monetary resources to have separate living arrangements. Those couples may need to continue living in the same house during the divorce until a resolution can be reached regarding what happens to the marital home.

Massachusetts couples in this predicament may want to establish some ground rules in order to make it through the divorce, especially if there are children involved. Continuing to live in the same house may confuse the children and make them wonder whether mom and dad will get back together. It may be necessary to sit them down and explain the situation.

Each party will need his or her own space as much as possible depending on the size of the home. The less they step on each other's toes, so to speak, the better the chances are they can avoid confrontations that will only make matters worse. However, if a couple can eventually reach a certain equilibrium when it comes to remaining in the same house, it can be easy to continue the status quo. In order to avoid this eventuality, the parties may need to devise a plan of action that keeps the proceedings moving forward.

A divorce can be challenging enough without the need to remain in the same home as it progresses. It will still be necessary to meet all of the state's requirements when it comes to divorce, and it may be a challenge to provide the appropriate evidence. Understanding each party's rights and responsibilities under these circumstances may help make this less problematic when the time comes.

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