Leaving the Family Home During Divorce

Oregon Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

No information below should be relied upon as formal legal advice. These answers should not be used in place of a personal consultation with a qualified lawyer.

Does it matter whether I leave the family home during my Oregon divorce?

Many clients ask if they can or should leave the family home when a divorce is pending. There is no generally applicable answer to this question. The correct decision is dependent upon your specific circumstances. There are a number of strategic considerations that should be a part of making such a move if you think a trial is likely. The departing spouse takes a real chance that re-entry will difficult if not impossible. In addition, moving away from the family home and the children may influence a judge if custody will be an issue.

Do not move out without consulting a qualified divorce lawyer first.