Q: My wife wants to divorce and initiated separation. I agreed to leave home. Do I have to split mortgage/bills?
I agreed to leave the house because I have family here and she would've had to get an apartment. I also hoped she would come around to considering counseling first. She is adamant on divorce but wants to split all of the bills even though she's leaving there alone now. We are both on the mortgage, am I obligated to pay still? She also refuses to pay anything unless I give her logins for bill payments, even though her name is not on those accounts.
A: The general rule is that while the parties are going thru the divorce process, they must maintain the status quo. This means that the mortgage and marital financial obligations such as bills, credit card payments, etc., must continue to be paid in the same manner and by the same party that was making these payments until the divorce has been finalized, unless the parties agree to another arrangement.
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