Splitting Up but Staying Together After Divorce

California couples who have tried to make their marriages work but have been unsuccessful typically file for divorce and move on with their lives. However, when children are involved or finances limited, moving on may not be the best option. This is why the family law trend of splitting up but staying together is continuing in a tight housing market with increasing rents.

A New Family Trend

The concept of splitting up but living together is a trending family law topic; so popular that is being showcased in the television show “Splitting up Together.” This reality show follows the life of a couple who decides to divorce but remain living in the same property.  Basically, each adult taking turns living in the house for a week, while the other stays in the garage apartment. The parents chose to do this because it keeps the children in their home. It also gives the parents additional time to pay down their mortgage and acquire the funds necessary to divide households.

Numerous couples find themselves in a financial crisis after a divorce. When a family home is at stake, the timing of divorce and the ability to sell the property does not always line up perfectly. Parents also must consider what is best for their children. Keeping children in the family home may be the ideal scenario for some parents.

Parenting Marriage

According to an article in Psychology Today, more and more couples are turning to the parenting marriage option as a way to “stay for the kids” without staying stuck in a relationship that no longer works. The article described parenting marriage as basically changing your job description from lover, best friend, and co-parent to co-parent first and foremost, friends maybe, and lovers no longer. Both parents have to agree to respect each other’s privacy and be able to accept that they will have romantic relationships with other people.

To Split or Stay

Splitting up but staying together to a degree can be a workable solution. Some divorced couples with a shared goal can and do make it work with a lot of effort. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the ability to co-exist with the other parson in the same household. Individuals in California who are considering divorce can turn to a family law attorney to discuss all of their options for property division and custody arrangements. With help from a family law attorney, the ideal settlement can be reached and a plan to move forward put in motion. 

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