Separation & Divorce

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Housing

One of the first things to be affected when your family separates is your housing. It is important that you make good decisions about your housing needs.

It is usually the Dad who is expected to move out of the family home. In order for the affect on the children to be kept to a minimum, it is important that they continue with what is familiar to them. Always take their thoughts and opinions into account when making any decisions regarding housing.

When you first separate, you will need to decide whether you want to stay in the home or move out. In the initial stages your extremely important choice is likely to be between...

  • staying in the home while your partner moves out.
  • moving out while your partner stays in the house.
  • both leaving the house and finding new homes.
  • carry on living together in the same house but not as a couple.


We do not recommend that you carry on living together in the same house but not as a couple. In our experience, most domestic incidents and accusations occur during this interim period when both parents are highly emotional and very angry.

However, there are a number of key factors that will determine your choices around housing after your divorce or separation. These will include...

  • your current housing position, for example, whether you own, rent or share your housing.
  • your entitlement to that housing, for example, whether you are the sole or joint owner or tenant.
  • your family's financial position, for example, it may not be affordable for either of you to remain in your current housing.
  • the arrangements you make for residence and contact. It is important that your child has somewhere suitable to live when they are with each of you.


If it is decided that you will leave the family home, it is important that you find new accommodation as soon as possible. If renting privately, make sure you get somewhere that has a comfortable and safe place for your children to stay. Again, your choices may be constrained by your financial position. The main choices you have are buying, renting privately, social housing or lodging.

If you decide to rent privately, you may be entitled to Income Support if your in Jersey or Rent Rebate if your in Guernsey.  Contact us for further details.

We strongly recommend that you obtain legal advice should you decide to purchase a property. This may have implications that you had not thought of or were not aware of.

If you need any help finding accommodation,  contact us.

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