The House Matters in Divorce

The House Matters in Divorce


Laurel Starks

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The House Matters in Divorce

By Laurel Starks, divorce real estate specialist

In divorce, deciding what to do with the house can become a huge source of strife, confusion, and even financial ruin. Most are unprepared for the unique legal, financial, and emotional ramifications of either holding on to or selling their house at one of the worst times in their life.

The House Matters in Divorce presents the numerous legal, emotional, and practical challenges of equitably settling your marital home—and offers specifics on how to handle those issues and who to turn to for professional help. This book clears up common misconceptions about dividing real estate assets and empowers both parties to be proactive, make smart decisions, and emerge from this complex process financially sound and prepared for the future. It includes detailed information on:

• Whether to sell or not
• Common pitfalls that plague the uninformed
• How to determine what the house is really worth
• Making housing decisions that are truly in your children’s best interests
• What to do about the deed and the mortgage if one spouse stays in the home
• Proceeds of the sale (if any) and what to do if there is no equity
• The court’s perspective and power

Learn how best to deal with your most important financial asset—your home—from a real estate expert who specialize in divorce. Get the facts about how to make wise and purposeful choices to set yourself up for success as you move forward with building a new life—a life that includes financial health.

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Laurel Starks, author of The House Matters in Divorce

Laurel Starks

divorce real estate specialist

Laurel Starks is a divorce real estate specialist. She speaks frequently on real estate and divorce issues to legal, collaborative divorce, and mediation organizations. A former host of the talk radio program Real Estate Matters, Starks also serves as an expert witness in real estate matters related to divorce cases, including short sales and the mishandling of procedural aspects therein. She was nominated in 2016 for the coveted Innovator of the Year by Inman News, the real estate industry’s leading news source. Laurel lives with her husband and two sons in Southern California.

Book Details

Publication date: 2016
Binding:  paperback
Pages:  131
Publisher:  Unhooked Books
ISBN (print): 978-1-936268-45-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-936268-27-6

Praise for The House Matters in Divorce

“The first book of its kind, written by an industry pioneer, The House Matters in Divorce not only helps couples facing divorce, but Laurel also gives valuable insight for real estate professionals who work in these sensitive situations.”

BEN KINNEY, CEO, ActiveRain; Wall Street Journal Top 100 Realtors; author of Soci@l; Inman News
"Innovator of the Year” 2014

“The House Matters in Divorce provides great insight into family dynamics and, unlike any other book I have seen, it addresses a deeply fundamental issue: the children’s concerns when leaving their home as a result of a divorce.” 

ANN BINGHAM-NEWMAN, child psychologist, professor emeritus, California State University–Los Angeles

“Laurel Starks has written an informative book on a subject that often gets ignored—until it hits hard: selling the family home in a divorce. In her book, The House Matters in Divorce, she does a complete walk-through of the unique issues involved in selling a house at one of the worst times in a person’s life. This book has been needed for quite a while. It will fill a gap for spouses who feel overwhelmed and in need of clear and simple advice from an expert who understands.” 

BILL EDDY, Attorney, therapist, and mediator. author of Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

"As a retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and family law mediator, who has handled literally hundreds of cases involving the sale of the family residence, I know that next to custodial issues with children, no other issue in divorce is fraught with as much tension, misunderstanding, and anger as the sale of the family residence. This book is a must read for all attorneys handling family home sales and should be given to all family law litigants."

HON. MARTHA E BELLINGER, judge retired, author of From Robe to Robe

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