Often at an early stage of a relationship breakdown suggestions are made of a 'trial separation' and there is discussion about one party moving out.
The safety of those involved and their children should always be the primary consideration, but there are other factors which should be considered carefully before a decision is made:
- The person remaining could start to see the house as only theirs and get upset if the person who moved out come back in unannounced
- The person remaining could try and change the locks
- The person remaining could have more involvement in the marketing and sale of the property
- The person remaining in the home could have more control over arrangements for the other spending time with the children remaining in the home
- The person moving out could run the risk of the person remaining selling or disposing of items in the property
If this raises any issues for you or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Zen Thompson, Solicitor and Mediator in our Family Team, who has experience of dealing with these issues.