This was (is) one of my big fears when deciding to leave and now that I have officially left. Right now the children and I are in the marital home and H is elsewhere but I will not be able to refinance the home in my credit even if I was awarded it so I will need to rent somewhere. I am currently looking for a job. But having been a sahm for my entire marriage (17 yrs) it is rough. Using the states child support calculator (which I know isn't exact but a general idea) I will be getting a decent amount of support. And should get alimony. Are you able to use this as income on a rental application? How does that all work? Do you need to be receiving it for awhile? Anything else I need to know?