What do you do if your spouse simply moves out or “bails” on
the family? What if they quit working or stop contributing financially
to the family leaving you and your children without the resources to pay
The judges in middle Tennessee are quite familiar with this all too regular
and unfortunate occurrence.
If your spouse moves out, you should immediately take steps to protect
your rights, especially if your spouse withholds financial support. You
should consult an attorney, file for divorce, and work with your attorney
to get the judge to reinstate the financial support system that was in
place during the marriage. A judge can award mandatory temporary support
to you long before the divorce proceedings are finalized in order to keep
you and your family on their feet financially.
Just because someone moves out, it does not mean that they are allowed
to stop their financial contributions to the household. Your attorney
will present your case to a judge who will make sure that the parent and
children who remain at the marital residence do not suffer financially
while the divorce is in process.
In short, you can’t prevent your spouse from leaving or moving out.
You CAN cause him/her to keep paying the bills.
Be aware that many times the temporary support that is granted at the start
of the divorce proceedings often times sets the standard for how much
support is awarded during the final divorce settlement. Therefore it is
very important that you have the right attorney on your side to fight
for what is fair for you from day one.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, please schedule a free
initial consultation with me so that you can explore all of your legal
rights and options and make smart, correct decisions for the immediate
future and the long-term.