Abandoning the residence


Dear tostayorgo:

Greetings. Yes, it could have an impact, but not in the way you are thinking. Child support will be the same if you lived close by or far away, as long as you are caring for the child the same amount of time. Now, negotiating for a property resolution with your spouse, when you are leaving the marital residence, may be substantially more difficult if you do not negotiate those terms prior to leaving the home. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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919.256.1665 direct fax

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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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Good afternoon. My husband and I have decided to separate. We have a 9 month old. I am planning to relocate with our son 3 hours away to stay with my parents until I can afford to get out on my own again. I will also need to find a new job. I wondered if leaving the residence and changing jobs would have any impact on the outcome of my case, child support, etc. Thanks.