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Finances often drive couples to do things together after divorce

When most couples get divorced, that's the end of their time together. Yes, they still see each other when they exchange the kids in accordance with the custody plan, but they move on. They get new homes. They date new people. Life moves forward.

For some, though, life stays intertwined. They keep on living together, in the same home. One couple even opted to go on a family vacation together. If they were so keen on ending the marriage, why would they do this?

The answer is often money. Buying a second home is expensive. Even selling a home, if the market has declined, can be a financial loss. Couples keep a lot more of their money if they stay in the house they already bought. They just can't afford to live on their own the way that they want to.

Money also pushes them into family vacations. The couple in the example above wanted to go to Disney World. They knew it would be great for the kids. However, it was not a trip that the father or mother could afford independently. Only by working together could they make it happen. And so that is exactly what they did.

The children, of course, are also a big reason couples stay together. They want to really put the kids first. They want them to have the best house possible, the best vacations and much more. Combining finances increases the children's quality of life, and staying in the same home -- even after divorce -- increases how much they see both parents.

Naturally, taking this approach can be very difficult. Make sure you really understand all of your legal rights while moving through your divorce.

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