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If I am going to file for divorce, should I leave my kids with my spouse before I am settled?

The decision as to whether you should leave your children with the spouse while you establish yourself in another place, typically I would say that you should not. The courts will take into consideration the amount of time that the children have spent with each parent not just during the marriage, but also the pendency of the divorce. If you can have as much time with the children as possible during the pendency of the divorce, that would be a pretty wise recommendation. However, everybody's circumstances are unique and there may be justification for allowing your children to spend more time with the spouse while you set yourself up in a better location. It really depends on the circumstances.