In most cases, it is recommended that an agreement should be reached before moving out. If you leave the family home, this could delay reaching an agreement in respect of all matters if one party choose not to co-operate fully with the proceedings. However, the advice given will depend on the circumstances of the case. It is not uncommon, where one party legally owns the property to encourage or convince the other party to leave. Irrespective of who owns the property, the other party has a right to live there. Before leaving the family home it was is advisable to seek advice from a solicitor to fully understand the consequences of doing so.