Can I move-in with a male simply as a roommate and nothing more and not lose my parental rights?

My husband and I are getting a divorce and I’m the one moving out, single mom of 3 and can’t afford a place of my own right now. I have a male friend willing to rent me a room. There is nothing in the paperwork stipulating that we cannot live with other people.

Asked on January 14, 2013 under Family Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Moving in with a male will not, by itself, get your parental rights terminated.  Involuntary termination occurs when you have done something to harm the child or you have significantly neglected a child.  Even though you won't loose your parental rights, you may want to hold off until after the divorce is finalized.  If you move in while you are still married, a more conservative judge could frown on the co-ed relationship and impose a restriction that you not live in a house-hold with a member of the opposite sex.  If you move in with your friend after the divorce is finalized, your ex- could take you back to court to have the restriction imposed, but it would cost him a filing fee and attorney's fees to do so-- which he may not be motivated to do.


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