Divorce is never easy and moving out after divorce is never easy either. The two combined can be a recipe for a very stressful few weeks, months, or even years. Follow this step-by-step guide to help ease the process and pave the way to a fresh start in your new home.
Tips On Moving Out After Divorce
1. Finalize Your Divorce Prior to Moving Out
First and foremost, do not move out before your divorce is finalized. When tensions run high, it can be a very natural response to want to get up and leave unannounced. However; according to Spodek Law Group, it is one of the worst mistakes you can make. The reason is simple. If you do so then you are legally considered abandoning the family. If it is an ugly divorce, your spouse can use this against you to obtain the house, the kids, and more.
2. Take Inventory of What Is Yours
Once your divorce is finalized, begin taking inventory of what items are yours and what you want to take. If you are not sure if you can take certain items, discuss it with your ex. If that doesn’t work, refer to the court’s decision on ownership. Set all these items off to the side so they are ready to be moved.
3. Get Rid of Sentimental Items
Downsizing prior to your move is especially important when you are moving out after divorce. First, get rid of general items you have not used in a while or can do without. Second, leave behind any sentimental items that are tied to your ex. This includes pictures, letters, and gifts. The more you get rid of or leave behind, the easier creating a fresh start will be.
4. Book Your Movers
The farther out you can book your movers, the better. However, we understand that given the circumstances, booking your movers weeks out may not be realistic. We just suggest doing it as soon as possible. Many movers will accommodate last-minute bookings as well. If you don’t have the budget or need for movers, you may want to consider moving yourself. If you are moving yourself, be sure to secure your truck rental and some friends or family members to assist in your move well in advance.
5. Start Packing
As with booking movers, the sooner you start packing, the better. If possible, begin packing at least 10 days out. Make sure to pack nonessential items first and essentials last. Keep a personal bag or suitcase for items you will need immediate access to such as toiletries and medication. Label every box in detail. Last, if it will fit in a box, put it in one. It will make move-out day all the easier.
6. Get Moving
If you hired movers, relax. You are paying them good money to do the heavy lifting. Do, however, remain within earshot or a phone call away in case they have questions on what to move or where to move it to. If you are moving yourself, be sure to keep your fridge stocked for your moving help and delegate tasks to ensure a smooth move.
7. Start Fresh
Now that the heavy lifting is done, it is time to start unpacking and creating a new home for yourself. Take your time unpacking, the time-sensitive part is over with. Splurge a bit and buy new furniture or décor to make your new house your own. This will help you make your new house a home and start fresh.
Moving out as a result of a divorce can be a particularly stressful and emotional process. However, if you prepare properly and keep this guide in mind, the headache associated with your move will be greatly reduced.
Ryan is an author for online moving resource company Move Honcho. As a former college mover and passionate blogger, he enjoys combining the two to help people simplify their move. www.movehoncho.com