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How To Live Separate And Apart From Your Spouse In The Same Home


State law in Pennsylvania requires many divorcing couples to live separate and apart for at least one year before formally ending their marriage. Unfortunately, with inflation at an all time high throughout the country and prices continuing to rise, many couples are now finding that they cannot physically separate from their spouse. Add to this the fact that the divorce process is inherently expensive and it is easy to see why living physically apart is not affordable when facing divorce. If this is the case for you and your spouse, you should take heart that living separate and apart does not mean living in different homes.

As long as you and your spouse live separate lives, that is enough to fulfill the requirement of living separate and apart. However, it is not easy for many couples to continue living together while also separating their lives. Below, our Delaware County divorce attorney provides some tips that can help.

Establish Boundaries 

It is important for all divorcing couples to establish boundaries, but it is even more essential when people are living in the same home while ending their marriage at the same time. Establishing physical boundaries is one of the best ways to set other boundaries, as well. For example, you and your spouse can reside in different bedrooms or better yet, entirely different floors of the home. If you and your spouse have children together, you should also draft a schedule determining who will care for them, and when.

Take an Inventory of Assets 

In many divorce cases, issues involving property division are some of the most contentious. To avoid disputes that could prolong your case, take an inventory of your assets and gather as much information as you can regarding your finances. Obtain statements for all accounts, assets, and debts you and your spouse hold individually or jointly at the time of separation. Being proactive can help you determine which property is considered a marital asset and which are considered separate.

Keep Things Confidential 

During any divorce couples have conversations with their family, friends, and their attorney about the details of the case. Typically, they do not want their spouses to overhear these conversations. While this is easy in some cases, it becomes much more difficult when you are living in the same home as your spouse. Remember that while you are living under the same roof as your spouse, they can easily listen to anything you say in the home. Find ways to keep conversations confidential such as only talking in your car or going for a walk with friends.

Our Divorce Attorney in Media Can Provide the Advice You Need 

At Barbara Flum Stein & Associates, our Media divorce attorney can advise on all aspects of your case to ensure your interests are protected and to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call us now at 610-565-6100 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorney and to get the information you need.



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