How Can I Keep My House in a Divorce?

Posted on January 26, 2015 09:35am
How Can I Keep My House in a Divorce?

With so many tumultuous changes occurring during a divorce, you may not wish to leave the marital home. It is something solid and comforting to hold on to, and it may be important to you to raise your children in the house they grew up in. Aside from the emotional value the house has for your family, it is almost always the most valuable asset in the divorce. Choosing to keep the home should be something that you carefully consider before fighting for this asset in court.

Two Reasons to Keep the Family Home

You need to balance your reasons for keeping the home with the financial impact this action will incur. If you obtain the family home in a divorce settlement, you will be solely responsible for paying any applicable taxes, mortgage, and maintenance of the property. In some cases, it is simply not worth it to remain in the house. However, if you consult with a financial planner and decide that you can financially afford to remain in the house, it may be in your best interest to pursue this asset.

There are two good reasons why the court may grant you the home:

  1. Children may become emotionally distressed if they must move as part of the divorce.
  2. Emotional attachment to the home is too great to be ignored.

If your spouse can agree with these decisions, they may be willing to give up the home in exchange for other assets. Oregon is an equitable distribution state, which means that depending on the details of the divorce and personal considerations, property will be split according to what is fair (though not necessarily equal). Once spouse keeping the family home may conversely mean that the other spouse must give up a significant amount of other assets.

Wondering how you can keep the home in a divorce? Retain a divorce attorney that can work with the court or your spouse to develop a favorable settlement. We invite you to contact us for a consultation.

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