Georgia Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Technically speaking, yes, you can move in with a boyfriend or girlfriend before your divorce is final. However, just because you can do something does not mean that you should. It is normally better to wait until after the divorce is final for several reasons.
First, and most importantly, if minor children are involved, it is better to wait until after the divorce is over before you live with a new partner. A divorce is already tough on children, and introducing a new romantic interest right after one parent moves out makes the process even harder and more confusing. If custody is highly contested between you and your spouse in the divorce, living with your new partner will at best add additional issues to your custody case and at worst will be detrimental if your new partner has criminal or other serious issues that can be used against you.
Further, if you are living with a new partner and you are potentially entitled to receive alimony, you are jeopardizing your position to rightfully argue for the alimony you would be otherwise receive. Your alimony award may be reduced as a result of the new living arrangement. Alimony is intended to help one spouse maintain his or her standard of living and if a new partner is helping to share expenses, there is less of a need for alimony.
If you have any questions about the divorce process, call Atlanta Divorce Attorney Shalamar Parham at 678-439-1482. She can help advise you on the best steps to take in your particular situation. Call today to learn more.