There is no shortage of myths about divorce. People believe there is a magic age, usually 14 or 15 when children can decide which parent they can live with (Nope. They can only decide when they turn 18), or that you have to be married for 10 years before the court will award alimony. But perhaps the most pervasive, is abandonment. Abandonment is the theory that a person will lose rights to their children or the marital home if they move out of the house before the divorce is final.
Nearly every week, I am approached with questions about abandonment. The myth is so universal people don’t even ask if it exists, but make a factual statement such as, “I’d like to move out of the house, but I’d be accused of abandonment.”
Not the case.