When Florida couples decide to end a marriage, one of the first issues is working through living arrangements. Thinking about where to live can be overwhelming, but it is a necessary part of the process. Divorcing couples must balance individual needs with emotional, logistical and financial realities to find the right situation.

For many, there is strong desire to remain in the marital home, and the home is sometimes a focus of litigation. When children are involved, familiar residential surroundings can offer a bit of stability during uncertain times. Neighbors can provide playmates and a form of support for suddenly single parents. Unfortunately, mortgage qualification can be a difficult hurdle for single parents and should be factored into divorce planning along with maintenance and other necessary expenses such as insurance and lawn care.

Purchasing and relocating into a new home is the choice for many people after divorce. The idea of a clean slate in a different location is appealing in the wake of divorce, even if the new location is just down the street. Some divorcing parents decide to live near each other for the sake of shared childcare or the simple familiarity of patterns related to grocery shopping or commuting to work. During transitional periods, renting a home is prudent for a substantial number of people. Renting allows a cooling off period in which the emotional aspect of divorce and relocation can dissipate. It also can afford the opportunity to remain in upscale locations that may be less accessible without two incomes, thereby providing consistency for children in the form of schools and extracurricular activities.

Housing is just one of many hurdles that divorcing couples must overcome. Consulting with a lawyer at a qualified property division law firm may provide insight and guidance for these and other decisions when facing the end of a marriage.