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What Expenses must I pay During the Divorce?



After the commencement of your divorce action, both parties must think about maintaining the marital expenses until your divorce is final. The mortgage, carrying costs, insurance and other routine expenses still need to be addressed while your divorce is sorted out. There are many ways to accomplish this. The first and easiest way is to simply continue doing what you were doing pre divorce. If you are able to do that, you can concentrate on what is important and conclude your matter quickly.

On the other hand, sometimes it is not that easy. If one person moves out, that person may now also have other expenses which draws down on the available financial resources. That might mean that each party may have to contribute more than 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 nice to haves. Things that are absolute necessities include health insurance and maintaining your life insurance. Next category is the house. Maintain the mortgage and carrying costs. Finally, look at all the other bills. Maybe you stop using the credit cards and come up with a plan on addressing the outstanding balances.

Of course, if you cannot figure this out between you and your spouse, the Courts and your attorneys will do it for you. This of course is an even bigger drain on your resources however, there is a motion which can be filed to provide for all of these expenses as well as temporary maintenance and child support, if needed. 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. Focus on your outcome, stay strong and keep taking ground.


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