Divorce doesn’t have to destroy the kids. There are options out there, and they’re not to blame. So it just so happens that many divorcing couples find the option to keep the home when dealing with a divorce until those kids move out when they’re older. There’s a specific reason to doing this, in that it’s not going to be a forever thing when owning the home indefinitely — eventually, that home will get sold!
If you’re going to sell that home later on, make sure you get that attorney on your side to stipulate in the divorce agreement that the home still is your “main residence” for tax purposes. The law states that you won’t get the tax benefits of selling the home if you’re not living in the home for at least two of the last five years of that primary residence.
So if the son and daughter are only in their teen years, and you’ve moved out, selling the home leaves you high and dry while the ex-spouse reaps the tax benefits. Therefore make a point to research with the Income Tax Planning Network and find out what you need to do to settle the issue correctly.
Tax benefit, to be exact. It just takes timing. And divorce is anything but timely. Make it a point to sign up with ITPN and talk to an expert immediately. Get the lawyer, too, while you’re at it. Divorce doesn’t have to destroy the finances, especially when you’re facing the issue of selling that home. Either you sell the home and make anywhere around $250K in profit, or you’re not paying attention to those tax laws and have to fork over a ton of that profit to the IRS. You pick.
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