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Divorce

Divorce is a word that brings feelings of fear and discomfort to many people. It can also be a word that connects us. Most of us know someone who has been through a divorce, so ironically it can be a great conversation starter and create an immediate bond between people.

For over 9 years, I’vwhat-is-a-peaceful-divorcee worked with many clients experiencing this life changing transition. I know how scary and confusing it can be. Most people say they “didn’t know the extent of what they didn’t know.” That is until the dust settles, it’s over, and reality sets in. Then the cold facts hit that if solid informed decisions weren’t made it is unlikely they can be reversed. At the very least to reverse these decisions takes a huge emotional and financial toll.

The conclusion I’ve come to after many years working within the spectrum of divorce is that it takes a team of professionals to be sure the right decisions are made, and for the right reasons. Not just any professionals, but those who will truly advocate for you, make the process about you and your family, and stick to their areas of expertise.

Most families recognize they need some level of legal guidance, so a great legal professional takes top position in the team you are putting together. A few other important ones should include real estate professional, financial planner, tax specialist and estate planner.

As professionals dealing with all aspects of the real estate component of your divorce, we have the knowledge, resources and resourcefulness to handle situations as they arise.  Our model is based on ensuring your needs, and the needs of the team working for you (and your family) from a real estate perspective, are in line with your desired outcome.

For many people their home is the largest asset they own, so the decision with respect to what to do with your home must be carefully thought out and analyzed. This is where the need for professional guidance comes into play. Frequently, divorcing couples are led to believe there are no options; the marital home has to be sold to wipe the slate clean so everyone can move on. Before the process moves forward, options must be explored with a trusted loan originator. Families must ensure all avenues are investigated regarding refinancing the home to see if that is truly a viable option. As the choice to stay in the home usually comes from an emotional place, the short and long term financial and tax consequences also must be discussed, so there is a lot of research that needs to be done.

The sale of the marital home is not an isolated decision. Our model creates a strong support system to ensure that decisions are made to the benefit of the client.   Proper communication and the integration of a number of experts in their fields, can offer the best guidance regarding the marital home and other properties you may own. The understanding that we work in tandem with other professionals is critical for the best customized outcome. 

YOUR DIVORCE MATTERS! SO, WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

Similar to your attorney or mediator, we have very specific fiduciary responsibilities that create high level of protections to you as a client, and these protections are especially critical when engaged in a divorce situation.  A fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care at either equity or law. A fiduciary is expected to be extremely loyal to the person to whom he owes the duty (the “principal”) and a legal or ethical relationship of trust with one or more other parties (person or group of persons).  In our fiduciary relationship, the principal vests confidence, good faith, reliance, and trust in us as your real estate professional and seeks proper advice or protection in matters pertaining to the sale of the home. In this type of relationship, good conscience requires the fiduciary to act at all times for the sole benefit and interest of the client, who trusts that they are always acting in their best interest throughout the process of selling the property.

High level client advocacy is one of key differentiators in our model of dealing with divorce situations.  We believe in most litigated matters, each spouse should have their own advocate, ensuring their protection, proper communication, and a fair and equal voice in the process. This is accomplished while collaborating with a properly selected agent (representing the other spouse) in partnership, to accomplish the goal of selling the home for the maximum price and in the shortest period of time.

This heightened level of advocacy does not cost any more than having one agent representing both parties in conflict and it eliminates virtually any issue encountered throughout the process if the proper professionals are selected.

As someone with both extensive experience and training in dealing with high conflict people, being able to deal with (and overcome) the psychological hurdles and issues that arise in high conflict divorce situations is a very unique and proprietary part of what we do to both understand and protect our clients.

When dealing with high conflict divorce, we use an assertive approach that buffers both sides from the feeling of being “attacked” by the other side, which also limits cognitive distortions (exaggerated fears, jumping to conclusions, etc) when it comes to dealing with the sale of property.

As a part of our system, we can also utilize the services of our on-call team of mediation professionals, fully trained to deal with high conflict issues and who hold a Masters Degree (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution in addition to years of Family Law experience, giving a high degree of weight to their ability to reduce the negative impacts on our process.  Please CLICK HERE for more information on our Conflict Resolution Program.

For those clients who approach the divorce process in a more amicable way, such as through the mediation or collaborative options, we are able to properly consult and apply methods that are congruent to that of their attorney or mediator.  Success in these cases, can typically be achieved without engaging separate real estate professionals.  By maintaining neutrality and a collaborative environment between the parties and our team, we are able to accomplish the tasks and goals agreed to by both spouses, and keep things flowing smoothly throughout the process of selling the home.