In my Florida divorce case, can I and should I keep the house?

Those are two questions as to can you and should you. With regard to the can, do you have the legal right to request the home. In the event of there being minor children, you have the right to seek exclusive use and occupancy of the home and an equitable distribution the award of the home. It's frequent that the majority time-sharing parent will seek the exclusive use and be entitled to continue to have the home for the security of the children. With regard to whether one should keep the home, that is also a financial decision, but often it is best to maintain the home, especially if it's an affordable mortgage payment and also that can assist with the continuity of the support during the divorce and have that mortgage amount be considered a part of the spousal support.

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Carolyn S. Zisser

Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.