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Divorcing couples must cooperate when selling their marital home

Selling a house is a stressful experience in the best of circumstances. Maryland residents selling a house during a divorce experience an additional layer of challenges. Usually, cooperation between divorcing parties is not easy. However, if a divorcing couple is going to sell their home and they want to get any money out of the sale, they need to be able to cooperate with each other.

A potential issue is determining what repairs will be done on the home before the home is sold. Obviously, the better condition the home is in, the more money it could garner on the market. A married couple not going through a divorce may be able to communicate with each other and make decisions about where the money will come from in order to pay for the repairs and what repairs are necessary. That type of communication and coordination becomes challenging when a couple is going through the divorce process, but it is necessary nonetheless.

It may also be difficult to determine how the home will be staged while it is on the market. When a couple decides that they are going to divorce, each individual may be inclined to start taking items out of the home that they feel are theirs. However, if the home is left looking empty or sparse, it's not going to sell. Worst yet, if a home buyer sees that the home is being sold because of a divorce, they could find themselves at an advantage and low-ball the price they are willing to pay.

A family law attorney may be able to help a client navigate some of the challenges that come when trying to sell the marital home during a divorce. They may give their client advice on laws pertaining to joint property, property division, valuation of assets, joint accounts and other financial circumstances that could arise during the divorce. If necessary, the lawyer may represent their client in court.

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