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After the commencement of a divorce action, both parties must consider maintaining the status quo regarding household expenses such as the mortgage, insurance, taxes, carrying costs and other routine expenses until your divorce is final. The easiest way to address this is to simply continue doing what you were doing prior to starting your divorce action. If you are able to do this, then you can most likely concentrate on what is important and conclude your matter quickly.

However, sometimes it is not that easy. If one person moves out, that person may now also have other expenses which diminishes available financial resources. This may mean that each party may have to contribute more than what they are used to in an effort to maintain the status quo. Sit down and discuss these issues with your spouse. The goal should be to work out a mutually beneficial arrangement. As you discuss this, keep in mind there are absolute necessities which must be maintained and then there are the other items that you want but do not need. Things that are absolute necessities include, as stated above, household expenses, along with health insurance and maintaining your life insurance. Finally, look at all the other bills. Maybe stop using credit cards and come up with a plan on addressing the outstanding balances.

If you cannot figure this out between you and your spouse, the Courts and your attorney will do it for you. However, this of course is an even bigger drain on your resources, and if necessary, a motion can be filed to provide payment for all these expenses as well as temporary maintenance and child support. Before going down that road, make a good faith attempt to resolve these matters between you and your spouse. It will save you both money, time and heartache in the long run.

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