Many Illinois families struggle financially, and yours may be one of them. This could pose a problem if you and your spouse decided to divorce. In order to preserve your financial resources, you may decide to remain living in the same house until matters are settled.
In this situation, it can be easy to let the formalities required by the divorce to be taken care of in a timely manner. Despite any discomfort the living arrangement causes, it remains familiar. It makes sense for you and your soon-to-be former spouse to sit down and create a workable plan to get through the divorce process. You may even make up a schedule regarding caring for the children to limit contact between the two of you and (perhaps) prepare each of you for taking care of the children on your own.
This may also be a good time to work on your financial situation to ensure that a physical separation will take place at some point in the future without breaking the bank. This may mean making budgetary decisions that affect the entire family, so the children may need to be brought into the loop regarding the situation. Telling them at this point could spare them the shock later. This may give everyone time to adjust to the transitions that will take place in the future.
It may help to talk to an Illinois family law attorney as well. He or she can give you some idea of what you will face during the divorce process. This could help you in your money saving efforts and let you know that there will be an end to the current living arrangement.
Source: thespruce.com, “How to Live With Your Ex While Preparing For Divorce“, Jennifer Wolf, Accessed on Sept. 21, 2017