If you leave your home, you do not lose your entitlement to 50% of the value of the home. However, you should remove any valuable or sentimental items before you depart, because sometimes angry spouses do things like destroy all your sentimental photographs or say that certain items that you know you had, never existed. I recommend either videotaping or taking pictures of all of the household contents: open the drawers and cupboards and closets and garage and videotape everything before you leave. Take all of your financial documents as well and if you can, photocopy all of your spouse's financial information. This can save a tremendous amount of money in legal fees that are often spent trying to obtain proper financial disclosure to determine the division of assets and debts.
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