June 25, 2017

My wife and I are divorcing, can I prevent her new boyfriend from moving in with her and my children?

Additional Information:

We live in MA and are not divorced yet. I  know my wife has a new boyfriend. I am afraid that once I am out of the house that he will move in with her and my 4 boys all under the age of 13. I am and will continue to pay for the mortgage. Is there a waiting period that needs to be before he can move in?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

I always oppose a spouse moving in their new boyfriend/girlfriend during the pendency of a divorce when there are minor children involved, and in this case there are four. I find it to be totally inappropriate and confusing to the minor children who are already going through a very traumatizing situation with their parents divorcing. I have never had a judge not order this when I have requested it in a motion and therefore I believe most if not all judges share this same philosophy. I would absolutely oppose this if I were you, it is not in the best interests of the children.  Once the divorce is complete however, it can be a different story. You would generally need a compelling reason to keep the boyfriend out of the home after the divorce. Without knowing more about the situation I can not advise you appropriately.
Good Luck.

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