Selling a House During a Divorce

Divorce, a life-altering and emotionally tumultuous experience, often entails the sale of marital assets. Among these, the family home stands as one of the most significant. In this comprehensive blog, we will delve deep into the complexities and considerations when selling a home during divorce and explore how our experienced legal team at Sterk Family Law can provide guidance through this challenging process.

Legal Implications

Selling a home during divorce involves numerous legal intricacies that require careful attention. The marital home may be categorized as marital property, meaning both spouses share ownership rights, or as non-marital property, if it was acquired prior to the marriage or through inheritance or gift.  Even if a residence is non-marital, there may be issues related to reimbursement to the marital estate if marital funds were utilized to pay down the mortgage or make improvements to the residence.  In some instances, one spouse will want to keep the residence which may involve buying out the other party’s interest in the residence and removing their name as an obligor on the mortgage through a refinance or other tools available. 

Agreement on Selling

One of the initial and crucial steps in the process of selling a home during a divorce is reaching an agreement with your spouse regarding the sale. This includes making decisions on pricing, selecting a real estate agent, and determining the distribution of proceeds post-sale. Ideally, arriving at an amicable agreement is the best route, but this isn’t always feasible. In such cases, our legal team can negotiate on your behalf or represent your interests in court to ensure a fair resolution.

Temporary Orders

While divorce proceedings are underway, temporary orders are commonly established for issues like spousal support or  child support and,  in certain circumstances, possession of the marital home. These temporary orders can significantly influence the sale process. Our lawyers can provide guidance on how to navigate these legalities, ensuring they do not impede the sale or adversely impact your interests.

Market Valuation and Listing

Determining the fair market value of your home is a critical step in the selling process. Your attorney can guide you through this process, ensuring that neither party is disadvantaged during the valuation. Properly appraising the property’s value is not just a matter of accuracy but also of fairness, as it directly affects the ultimate division of assets.

Furthermore, developing a well-thought-out listing strategy is essential, as it directly impacts the speed and profitability of the sale. Your lawyer can advise on strategies to maximize the home’s value, taking into account the market conditions, the property’s unique attributes, and the urgency of the sale.

Division of Property Value

The division of property value can be one of the most contentious aspects of selling a home during divorce. However, in cases where one party contributed significantly more to the home’s value or where separate non-marital property claims are involved, the division can be more complex.  Your attorney can help you navigate these intricacies, ensuring that the division of property value is conducted fairly and in accordance with the relevant legal framework.

Tax Implications

Selling a home during a divorce can have significant tax implications, particularly in terms of capital gains. Our legal team can offer insightful guidance on how to address any tax consequences associated with the sale of your home and help you make informed decisions to minimize your tax liability, which can directly impact the net proceeds from the sale.

Selling a home during a divorce is a multifaceted process encompassing legal, financial, and emotional dimensions. At Sterk Family Law Group, our experienced legal team understands the intricacies of property division during divorce and can provide you with guidance to ensure a smooth and equitable sale. We are here to protect your rights and interests throughout the entire process, allowing you to move forward with your life confidently. Reach out to us today for a consultation, and let us assist you in navigating the intricate path of selling a home during divorce while securing your fair share of the property value.


This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.

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