Living together during a divorce can be important for a number of reasons, especially those pertaining to child custody. It can also keep down expenses instead of having one party suddenly being responsible for maintaining two households. However, living together under the same roof is a serious challenge. If the two of you were able to comfortably live together, after all, you probably would not be in the process of getting a divorce.
Sharing the Same Space During Troubling Times
Whether you need to remain in the marital home due to finances or because you do not want to risk your claim on it or compromise your chances of obtaining child custody, you are going to have some difficult work ahead of you.
To overcome these obstacles, consider following the tips below:
- Do not share the same bedroom: You should particularly remember this point if you have children. If you share the same bedroom, it will confuse them. Moreover, if you and your spouse have a lot of animosity and resentment toward one another, sharing the same bedroom will make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep in the guest bedroom or, if the only spare bedroom you have is a gym or an office, temporarily use it as a bedroom.
- Coordinate your schedules: To avoid having too many uncomfortable run-ins with one another, consider coordinating your schedules, so that you can have some time to yourself without your spouse being around to stress you out.
- Do not date during your divorce: If you date during your divorce, it is going to be near impossible to keep your romantic life outside of the home, even if all you are doing is taking calls from your new love interest. In general, it is best to hold off on dating at this time, because there are numerous other ways in which it can impact your divorce, so this is just one more reason to postpone your reentry into the dating world. It will only increase tension in the household.
- Do not argue in front of your children: Arguing in front of your children is going to cause them a lot of emotional turmoil and distress, so try to keep your discussions civil and to the point. If you need to discuss a divorce-related matter, this can potentially get heated, so wait until you meet with your attorneys or only have this conversation when your children are not around. Avoid any confrontations, whether verbal or physical, at all costs.
As long as you both do your best to stay out of each other’s way, you will be able to soldier through this experience. Keep a level head, remain calm, and remember that you are doing this to protect your interests.
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