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Dividing Relationships, Dividing Property

Divorce and DividingWhen a relationship comes to an end, it’s never fun. Sometimes I get clients who are walking through the final phases of divorce and I’m able to really relate to them, having been there twice. I make it as easy as possible to sell their property, so everyone can move on. That may mean meeting with the selling parties separately. It may mean wearing the hat of go-between as I communicate between the two. Whatever it takes, I’ll get that transaction closed.

Some divorces are amicable. In my first divorce, we were very nice to each other. We even went out to lunch afterward! My second divorce was not as nice. Just the sound of his voice on a voice message would cause my heart to pound in fear!

So, whatever I can do to make the separation and division of real property real easy, I will do. I list the property at market value and get offers quickly. I’ll get the sellers the highest price in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of stress.

My current husband (the third time’s the charm!) filed a Florida Quit Claim Deed to quickly detangle himself from an ex he owned a house with. Little or no money changed hands as he essentially walked away from any equity or investment he had in the property. Sometimes it’s worth it to just walk away. Other times your attorney will advise you to get what’s yours!

Besides there being real estate proceeds to split between two who are going their separate ways, there’s also a bunch of things in the house that needs to be divided. I have a brilliantly simple way of handling this scenario that worked well for me not only in divorce division but also when my last parent passed away and we needed to divide things between siblings.

Nobody wants to seem greedy but if there are things you’d really like to have or keep, this is a way to easily communicate that. What I suggest is getting different colored post-it notes, one for each person. Simply walk through the house and tag all the things you’d like to have with your color post-it. Once everyone has had plenty of time to do their choosing, you’ll see there are relatively few things with more than one post-it on it. These are the things put on a list and negotiated. It’s then easier to say, “I’ll trade you this for that.” I’ve found it works really well.

So, if you or someone you know needs to liquidate some assets, it would be my pleasure to be of service. Just call me at 407-236-6559 to set up a time for us to meet and talk about the situation and available options. There definitely is life after divorce, I’m living proof!