Practical Tips for Moving after Divorce

moving after divorce

At present, the USA has the 7th highest divorce rate in the world according to Business Journal, equating to a significant amount of people being forced to change their living arrangements after their marriages end. Divorce and moving house can without a doubt be two of the most nerve-wracking things you can experience in life. Unfortunately, the two often go hand in hand, resulting in sky-rocketing stress levels if an effort is not made to make the transition as simple as possible. Following a few simple guidelines will make it significantly less taxing to move into a new home and start a new chapter in your life.

Dividing Your Possessions

This is undoubtedly one of the hardest parts of ‘moving on’ but one that needs to be done as soon as possible. While the terms of your divorce might stipulate who receives what, it is not always the case, especially if the divorce is amicable. If this is the case, don’t wait until your divorce is finalized to decide who gets what. Instead, discuss in advance how to best divide your accumulated possessions. Aim to be as fair as possible, abstaining from demanding items out of spite. It is always a good idea to declutter prior to a move so that you can truly make a fresh start in your new home.

Finding a Place to Stay

When it comes to a divorce there is no set formula that determines how assets such as a house will be divided. If one partner is awarded the house, the other will have to find alternative accommodations. The same applies if the family home has to be sold. As far as the mortgage is concerned, chances are the house will be refinanced under the name of one of the parties. If the house has to be sold it will become necessary to find something else as soon as you can. This is when you need to start weighing up your options, deciding how to move on with your life.

Don’t Try to Live Above Your Means

When looking for a new place to live you need to carefully assess your financial situation first. Once you have established a budget, you can proceed to find a house or apartment that suits your needs. As it is perfectly natural to be emotionally vulnerable after divorce you may even opt to move in with family and friends for the time being. If you find yourself ready to be on your own, you can either enlist the help of a local real estate agent to help you find a suitable property or you can utilize the countless reliable websites and real estate applications that will allow you to browse all the available houses and apartments in the area of your choice.

As traumatizing as divorce may be, it does not mark the end of your existence. The sooner you settle in a new home and resume your everyday activities, the sooner you will find yourself enjoying life to the fullest again.

About the Author:

Chrissy Peters

Is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked in the home care industry for a decade.

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