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Question #297

I have been married for 19 yrs, and my spouse and I have grown apart. We have a 21yr old son in college out of state. My wife is on social security disability and does not work, but I think she could if she wanted to. Before I leave our house, I wanted to know if there were any legal ramifications of me doing this, such as abandonment? We are trying to work out the separation, but I wanted to make sure I’m not giving up any rights once I leave the house?

You should not leave the house until you have resolved the financial division of assets and spousal support. If you own the house, leaving it before there is a written agreement regarding the finances may jeopardize your ability to force a sale of the house or to have her move out to sell it.

Leonard Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions