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Factors to consider when selling a house during a divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2019 | Divorce |

Pennsylvania residents who have gone through a divorce know just how stressful it can be. One of the things that can add to the stress of divorce is deciding what to do with the marital home. Some options that are often looked at include selling it and dividing the proceeds, buying one spouse out, or keeping the home and renting it out.

Most couples decide to sell the house and then divide the proceeds. If a couple decides to go this route, they will need to work together, no matter how difficult of a task this may be. It usually proves to be the best route, especially when there are children involved.

One of the most crucial decisions the couple will need to make is deciding on the right real estate agent for their situation. This agent must be able to deal with two conflicting individuals, which requires having thick skin. They can never play favorites but must remain neutral. The agent must remember that their job is to carry out a business transaction, not play an emotional counselor for either one of the divorcing individuals.

Another area where the couple will need to work together is preparing the house to sell it. This can be a difficult challenge even when a couple is happily married and works closely together. The divorcing couple will need to carefully look over their home, de-clutter it and make repairs in order to be sure it looks outstanding when placed for sale.

If an individual is thinking about divorce and is concerned about what to do with the marital home, a family law attorney may be a useful resource. An attorney may provide advice about marital property, real estate, property interests and asset division. They may also be able to draw up documents and represent their client in court.