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Consider These Factors When Choosing the Home for Primary Custody

After your divorce (and perhaps even during), you and your spouse will live in separate households. If you have minor children, one of you may be awarded primary physical custody of the children, meaning they will spend a majority of their time with that person.

If you get custody of the children, you will need to take this into account when determining where you will live. You might be able to stay in your current location if your spouse moves, but this might not be a feasible possibility. There are several factors you should consider when selecting your home:

  • Owning vs renting: If you don’t already own a home you could consider buying one. However, it is important that you only do so if you know you will be able to financially handle paying not just the mortgage, but also all the utilities and hidden fees of homeownership.
  • Review financial situation: You should have a good idea of your financial situation so you should know how much you can afford in rent or in a monthly mortgage. It will be difficult for you to search for a home if you don’t have any kind of budget in place. As you’re going through your divorce you can work either by yourself or with a financial planner to get a solid picture of what your finances will look like and what you’ll be able to afford.
  • Court requirements: The court may have some basic requirements in place for housing, all of which would exist to ensure the wellbeing of your children. Any home for the kids will need to be safe, free of harmful substances and mold, and big enough for your family to comfortably live.

For more information about choosing a family home after divorce, contact an experienced Minnesota child custody lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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