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Working together to sell the family home

Georgia couples that are divorcing will also be negotiating over what share of the assets each person should get. Part of this negotiation might include the decision to sell the family home. In order to get the most for their home, divorcing couples should work together to get it ready for sale and through the selling process.

Being fair about property division might mean a more stable financial life post-divorce. If selling the family home is in the plans, experts recommend couples should attempt to put aside their differences so they can be in agreement about their sales goals. They should agree on which spouse will be the one communicating directly with the real estate agent since having both spouses continuously talk to the agent might lead to confusion, particularly if the couple have certain points with which they don't agree. The couple and the agent should also plan their sales strategy together.

Other points of cooperation that might result in a quicker sale include figuring out the big-ticket items that the couple can fix before the sale and those they will offer as is. For example, if the air conditioning in the home is broken, the couple might decide to leave it as is. People also need to figure out how to get their home ready for sale by focusing on little things that might make a house seem neglected and therefore scare away possible buyers. Little things such as making sure the paint looks clean and undamaged will be helpful.

Even if a couple agrees to sell their home as part of their divorce negotiations, each person might also benefit from guidance from a lawyer with family law experience. Legal counsel can help review the terms of a proposed settlement to ensure that they are fair to their respective clients.

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