Separation in the same house


I am seeking to separate from my spouse, however, I need to share the same house. Both my daughter and wife have diagnosed medical conditions which would create financial and family hardships if I were to move out. I’m not looking to cut and run from my family and I’m not even looking at changing the way I support them financially - I simply want to separate. Living in a separate part of the house is an option (different floor) and I’m clear on the law under typical circumstances…but this is not typical.

Are there any circumstances where a diagnosed medical condition is taken into account during the terms of divorce?



Living in the same home will not count as a separation for purposes of an absolute divorce. You and your wife must live in separate residences. A diagnosed medical condition is not an exception.

However, it is possible to negotiate the terms of a separation (division of property, financial support, custody, etc.) while still living together in the same home. These terms would then be memorialized in a separation agreement. But one of the spouses will need to move out in order for the separation agreement to be effective and to obtain the absolute divorce.

Anna Ayscue

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