Since I’ve already moved out of the marital house, is it okay/legal to sign a lease before filing for a divorce?
I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state, but I can provide you with general tips in divorce.
Generally yes. I am based out of Ohio, and here, you are able to do anything you want prior to the filing of the case. Once the case is filed, things can get muddied with restraining orders that limit your ability to do anything financially out of the ordinary, such as renting an apartment.
However, the domestic rules vary wildly from state to state, so you should consider meeting with an attorney in your jurisdiction to ensure you will not run afoul of any local rules by proceeding with your lease.
Dan Pearce is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners. He has written countless pieces on MensDivorce.com, detailing the plight of men and fathers going through the divorce experience, as well as the issues seniors and their families experience throughout the estate planning journey on ElderCareLaw.com. Mr. Pearce has managed websites and helped create content, such as the Men’s Divorce Newsletter and the YouTube series, “Men’s Divorce Countdown.” He also has been a contributor on both the Men’s Divorce Podcast and ElderTalk with TuckerAllen.
Mr. Pearce assisted in fostering a Cordell Planning Partners practice area specific for Veterans, as they deal with the intricacies of their benefits while planning for the future. He also helped create the Cordell Planning Partners Resource Guide and the Cordell Planning Partners Guide to Alternative Residence Options, specific for seniors with questions regarding their needs and living arrangements.