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How to Handle a Move When Getting a Divorce

November 16,2022

Moving is stressful, even when it's your own move and you haven't been fighting over furniture. Moving becomes more stressful when you split up your household with a partner and children. Everything gets complicated, from who does what to where everything goes to how to get your entire family to the new place. Staying ahead of the curve and planning for a move allows you to have time to work out solutions without the stress of a tight deadline. Using local movers allows both parties to focus on what they need to without the time-consuming task of packing. National Movers is a moving company with significant experience in various situations.

Start Early

Moving is a huge undertaking; if you wait until the last minute, you'll be stressed and exhausted. Start planning early so you have enough time to plan the move and get everything done promptly. If you don't want to do all of it yourself, hire movers who can help loading and unload your items.

8 Weeks Before the Move

If you are moving because of a divorce, keeping your emotions in check and being realistic about what the move will entail is important. If you are relocating for work or need to move out of state or even out of town, consider hiring a professional mover.

  • Get Quotes for Movers
  • Choose a Mover
  • If Relocating For Work, What Is Their Relocation Policy
  • Separate Your Belongings From Your Ex
  • Separate Those Belongings Into Keep, Sell, Donate, or Trash
  • Measure Rooms and Furniture

4 Weeks Before the Move

Now is not the time to be lazy about cleaning. You may have been living in a mess for months or years, and now you have to make it look good enough for a real estate agent to show your home. One of the best ways to make your house look great is to declutter and organize all those boxes that are still packed up. If you are storing them in the garage or basement, take everything out and separate them into piles according to where they will go when you start unpacking in your new home. Start at one end of each room and work your way around until everything is unpacked and put away properly in its new place. This may seem like a lot of work, but ensuring you don’t lose anything valuable from moving day forward is essential.

  • Address Changes For Mail, Social Security, DMV, Insurance, Employers, Credit Cards, etc.
  • Clean Your New Place
  • Organize Personal Records
  • Transfer Your Children’s School Records

3 Weeks Before the Move

If you are getting a divorce and moving out of state, there are several things you can do to make the transition easier.

Make sure you have all the proper paperwork for both your old and new residences. This includes an updated address change form from the post office, utility company, and any other services you may use.

  • Shut Off All Current Utilities, Start Utilities At New Location
  • Shut Off All Services, Start Services At New Location

2 Weeks Before the Move

You are getting closer to the date of the big move. Begin by taking care of some final activities that may get lost in the shuffle afterward.

  • Transfer Doctors, Veterinarians, and Dentists
  • Transfer Prescriptions
  • Hire a Babysitter and Pet Sitter For the Day of the Big Move

1 Week Before the Move

One last hoorah and packing blitz. Focus on organizing the priorities to load last or take with you.

  • Pack Crucial Items In a LOAD LAST Box
  • Keep a Suitcase Filled Aside For Each Family Member With Daily Necessities
  • Confirm With Movers
  • Eat, Donate or Trash All Perishable Food Items

2 Days Before

Are you ready? You are almost there.

  • Defrost Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Keep Safety Deposit Boxes, Jewelry, and Important Documents With You

Moving Day

You made it! Time to start living in your new home.

  • Be Available To Movers
  • Prepare Payment For Movers
  • Final Walkthrough of Property
  • Secure the Home

National Movers

Moving is a big job, even if you aren't getting divorced. So, if possible, don't put it off when moving because of a divorce. Start planning early, and then ensure you are as prepared as possible. Remember, the sooner you get started, the less stressful the whole process will be (and the less it will cost). Our moving company can quickly get you through this process and with minimal stress.