By Hope Tuber
After the commencement of your divorce action, both parties must think about maintaining the marital expenses or as commonly known…maintaining the status quo. The mortgage, carrying costs, insurance and other routine expenses still need to be paid until your divorce is finalized. There are several ways that this can be carried out. The best and easiest way is to simply continue doing what you were doing prior to filing for divorce.
However, sometimes it is not that easy. If one person moves out, that person may now also have other expenses which draws upon available financial resources. This might mean that each party may have to contribute more than they are used to maintain the household. If possible, sit down and discuss this with your spouse. The goal should be to work out a mutually beneficial arrangement. As you discuss this, keep in mind the absolute necessities that must be maintained and then there are the extras. Things that are absolute necessities besides your mortgage/rent, utilities and food include health insurance and life insurance. Then look at all the other bills.
If you cannot resolve this with your spouse, your attorneys will do it for you. If your attorneys cannot agree how your bills should be paid, then you will be forced to file a motion with the Court asking it to make the determination. In this motion you should also request for the Court to award you temporary maintenance and child support, if needed. Before going down that road, make a good faith attempt to resolve this matter with your spouse as a motion will be an even bigger drain on your resources. Motion practice is expensive. Resolving this issue with your spouse will save you both money, time, and heartache in the long run.