Should parents share a home after a divorce?

By |2022-04-04T18:50:23+00:0004 Aug 2017|Categories: Family Law|


Any time a couple with children divorces, there is an unavoidable amount of strain to the parent-child relationships, as well as many opportunities for children to suffer great emotional harm throughout the process.

The potential for this harm extends well beyond the actual divorce, as you and your former spouse work out the details of staying involved in your children’s lives while no longer married to each other.

For many divorced parents, it is not easy to know how to approach raising children in a way that keeps the foundations most steady for children during and after a divorce. One solution that some parents are trying recently is keeping the children in a single home and having parents trade off time there, rather than having kids shuffle between two living situations.

For parents that can afford this arrangement, it does provide some interesting options, such as keeping the children’s community more constant and their living situation stable. It also simplifies things like schooling and extracurricular activities that could be difficult for children who shuffle between homes, depending on how far apart the parents live.

However, there are some additional factors to consider. While this arrangement may produce good results in children (although the degree to which it is helpful is not well defined), it presents more opportunities for conflict between parents. If two parents constantly move in and out of a space, there is plenty of opportunity for shared space conflicts, and once one or both parents pursue relationships with the people, the other partners may find it difficult to understand.

As a parent facing a divorce, you have a lot of difficult decisions ahead of you. Be sure to get experienced guidance from an attorney with years of family law practice to help you understand all your options and choose the path forward that best suits the needs and resources of your family.

Source: The Washington Post, “Letting the kids stay in the home while the divorcing parents move in and out. Is it realistic?,” Fiona Tapp, July 27, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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