Believe it or not, divorce is one of the leading causes of homelessness. What do you do with conjugal housing after a divorce or separation? This is a major stumbling block many couples face when they want to end their marriage. In addition to the sentimental value that family housing usually has, this is often the most economically valuable asset of the couple. There are even law companies devoted to this issue.
What to do with it is not, therefore, a trivial matter. If we take a look at the statistics we will see that in 2014 – latest data available from official sources – more than 100,000 couples decided to end their relationship. There were many marriage annulments, separations and divorces. Although there are no figures on how many of them had a home.
If the couple rents instead of owns the solution can be relatively simple. It is enough to terminate the contract with the landlord and look for another house in which to start from scratch or to reach an agreement with one another if one of the two wants to stay in the property.
However, everything is complicated when there is a property in the middle. And the problems take on another dimension if, in addition, the couple has children and these are minors. Another fact is that many people that decide to separate or divorce do not have children in common.
When it is so, that is, when the marriage or the couple have minor children, it does not matter who the house belongs to. That is to say, it does not matter the economic regime of the marriage. Not even if they are married or only live together since the judge will grant the use and enjoyment of the property to the child or children until they reach the age of 18 and therefore also enjoy the family home.