Can a spouse move out at the end of a lease and tell the other spouse that they can’t move with them knowing they will be homeless and currently unemployed?

They have been married for 16 years.

Asked on September 13, 2015 under Family Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can any adult human being can move whereever he or she likes, whether married or not a husband or wife can move out, rent a new space, and refuse to let the other spouse go with them. The abandoned spouse can file for divorce, and in the filing, this behavior--e.g. abandonment--will be considered and may result in the abandoned spouse getting more spousal support or having to pay less support, if he/she were the main breadwinner and/or receiving a larger share of assets and/or custody over the children if there are children.

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