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How to Use Equity Release for a Divorce Settlement

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How to Use Equity Release for a Divorce Settlement

Getting divorced is stressful at the best of times and having to sort out mortgage and living arrangements is never easy.

I look at the various options available and whether releasing equity in your home is the best solution in my post.

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Equity release divorce settlement option

An equity release arrangement could allow one divorcing party to remain in a marital home.

In short, once a transfer of ownership is complete, they become the sole owner of the home.

It can also provide funds to pay for a new property to live in for the party who leaves the home.

How do I take the equity out of my house in a divorce?

Most people opt for a lifetime mortgage when they want to release equity from a home they own.

In effect, you take out a loan that’s secured against a property you own. However, you don’t have to make any monthly repayments.

As previously mentioned, you can choose to take a lump sum or you can opt for a regular stream income over a set period.

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Can I use equity release to buy out my partner?

Yes. An equity release plan could be used to buy out your partner when you divorce.

In short, some equity release companies will let you use this type of plan to buy your spouse out which allows you to pay them their percentage of equity in the home.

You can use my divorce settlement calculator to see how equity release can affect how your marital assets are divided.

Divorce Settlement Calculator

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This is a guidance tool only and not an assessment. For accurate divorce settlement assessment, consult a solicitor. Do not rely solely on this calculator’s results.

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How does the transfer of equity divorce work?

Transfer of equity in a divorce means removing one person’s name from a home’s title deed.

In short, the transfer confirms new ownership of a property in a sole name. It’s a legal step that’s required to legally gain sole ownership of a home.

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Should I get advice before releasing equity in a divorce?

You should always discuss your situation with an independent financial adviser before committing to any sort of equity release arrangement.

This is especially true when you’re going through a divorce. A financial expert could explain the various options which could be better alternatives for your situation.

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
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Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.