It is not uncommon for married couples to live together while a divorce is pending. One of the issues we often have to address for our clients is who is going to live in the marital residence. This can be agreed to, and often one party will agree to move out. However, if there is not an agreement then a judge may have to decide who lives in the marital home during a temporary orders hearing.
Having a divorcing couple living together can lead to confrontation, and it can increase the risk of domestic violence. If you believe that it is dangerous to live with your spouse let your lawyer know immediately. Recently, the Dallas Court of Appeals hearing a case involving an assault between a couple going through a divorce, and still living together.
In that case, Johnelle Hall vs the State of Texas, No 05-18-00424-CR, the couple (Johnelle and Clifton) couldn’t agree on when Clifton (Husband) should move out, or if he should pay child support. The issue was put to a judge at the temporary orders hearing. The judge ruled that Clifton did have to move out, and pay child support. But the judge also gave Clifton two extra weeks to move out. Neither party was happy with this ruling. In family cases, it is not uncommon for both parties to have issues with a judge’s ruling.