There is a lot to consider and a lot to take care of in a divorce. If you are starting to plan for your new life in Illinois, you likely think about whether you should move out of the marital home or fight to stay in it. provides several questions to ask to help you make a decision. Think about your answers to decide whether to stay in your current house or look for a new place to live.

Do you plan on living in the home for a while?

Maybe you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse planned on moving in a few years or after your kids have all gone off to college. If you still feel committed to that idea, it makes sense for you to give up the house and move. The cost of holding onto the home and putting it in your name alone may not be worth it.

Does the house hold significant meaning to you?

Your house may hold a lot of great memories, and it could be the place where you watched your children grow, making it hard for you to part with it. Take note of the specific ways the house holds meaning for you, then ask yourself if you can replicate those same meanings in a new place.

Will you hold the house with your spouse for a few years?

You and your soon-to-be-ex may decide to hold onto the house together long enough to sell it. That way, you can use the profits to help start the next chapter of your life.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.