Determining who gets the house in a divorce

The process of divorce is often hard on the involved individuals and their families. This can be exacerbated by having to split up the assets, and more specifically, the house in which the associated people live.

Many times, the mother will be given the house due to her role as the custodial parent. This granting of custody occurs for women in more than 82 percent of all cases, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Wall Street Journal reported that both individuals should contact attorneys before taking any drastic measures, including changing the locks or removing personal belongings from the residence.

According to the newspaper, the permanent housing arrangements are usually selected based on the best interests for the children. Many times the husband will voluntarily leave the residence before this decision is made, and the court will grant the wife the home out of a matter of convenience.

The husband may lose out because of the court’s inclination towards siding with the mother, but he should stay calm and not react angrily, in an effort to remain close with his children.