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Dividing a home after a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2023 | Divorce |

Divorce in Minnesota, and everywhere else, is a complex legal process that can significantly impact various aspects of a couple’s lives, including their finances, property and children. One of the most significant assets that must be divided in a divorce is the marital home. Understanding what happens to the house when a couple divorces is essential for making informed decisions and ensuring a fair and equitable outcome.

Division of marital property

During a divorce, all marital property is typically divided between the two parties. Marital property generally includes any assets acquired during the marriage, including the marital home. However, if one spouse owned the property before the marriage or inherited it, it may be considered separate property and not subject to division.

Options for handling the marital home

One option is for both parties to agree to sell the home and split the proceeds. This option allows both parties to move on and start fresh.

Another option is for one spouse to buy out the other’s share of the home. This can be beneficial if one party wishes to keep the home and has the financial means to do so and the other spouse is very willing to move out.

In some cases, couples may agree to co-own the home and continue living together, especially if minor children are involved. However, co-ownership can often be complicated and may require legal assistance to ensure a fair and equitable arrangement.

Factors that affect the division of the marital home

State laws vary regarding how marital property is divided during a divorce, including the marital home. Depending on the laws in your state, there may be provisions that affect how you will deal with your common dwelling.

Contribution to the house’s purchase can also affect the outcome. The party who contributed more towards the purchase may be entitled to a larger share of the proceeds from the sale or buyout. Furthermore, each party’s financial resources may affect their ability to keep or buy out the home. Finally, the presence of minor children may also be a factor in determining the division of the marital home, as the court may prioritize the children’s best interests.

Choose the best option

What happens to the house during a divorce can vary depending on several factors. Both parties should understand their rights and carefully consider their options to ensure a fair and equitable outcome. Choosing the best option can help make the divorce process smoother and less stressful for both parties.